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Sarah Borthwick

1998

When I was 12 I used to play the tenor horn in the school band but couldn’t really read music, it would take me about 30 minutes to decipher one line of a song. My school was invited to perform with numerous other school bands at the town hall for a huge concert, when I got there it was apparent that I was totally out of my depth and was pretty much part of a full scale orchestra. I had a full score of music to read which I couldn’t, so spent an hour and a half humming the tunes through my horn and pressing the buttons like I knew what i was doing. I left feeling really embarrassed until I was greeted with praise from my entire family saying how proud they were of me, they still don’t know I never actually played…

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