Despite having learnt to play the piano from a very young age I’ve always loved sitting down and listening to other people play more than listening to myself! I went quite far with music but always had a real fear of performing in front of people. I never overcame that and even though I had started to play in bars etc, the fear of making mistakes never went away.
The hands on this piano belong to a the husband of a family friend. He was a very reclusive character who rarely went out but had perfected the most incredible catalogue of music. His room was full of piles of sheet music and I could pick any of it out and he would play. I sat speechless almost as, from inside his dining room, this man played the Rachmaninov pieces I had picked out with such incredible ability and beauty. An amazing treat!