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Penny Foley

Penny Foley

Penny Foley

Instrument - Viola

Joined Orchestra- in 1992 

A little bit about me.............................

I took up the violin when I was 10. My Dad was given a violin by his Aunt which had belonged to her sweetheart. Sadly he was killed in the First World War. The violin was stuck in the attic until my Dad presented me with it and suggested I might like to learn to play.  I started to enjoy playing when I joined the Glasgow Schools Orchestra and found that playing with other people was more enjoyable than scraping away on my own.

I took up the viola when I was 17 after moving to Skipton as there was a shortage of viola players in the Yorkshire Youth Orchestra.  I didn’t play much after I left school as I was busy with work and raising 4 children.  25 years later I saw an advert for Southport Orchestra in the local library and went along to join. My playing skills were very rusty but everyone was helpful and slowly I got my confidence back.

As a result of joining Southport Orchestra I have played with fellow members in quartets and occasionally played with Ormskirk and Crosby Orchestras. I have also played in the orchestra pit at The Little Theatre in various musicals which is great fun and hard work! One of my musical highlights has been playing at the Liverpool Phil with Vasily Petrenko conducting as part of a SuperOrchestra day.

Music is a big part of my life, both playing and watching. Southport Orchestra is the friendliest orchestra that I have ever played in. Tuesday rehearsals are the highlight of my week.  Every concert brings new challenges and helps to stretch my abilities!