Having a successful career as a musician can take many forms. Sarah Freestone's career as a musician is not one that you could pin down to one genre. Having played the guitar from a young age, her career has taken her from jazz clubs and rock festivals to the great concert venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, playing violin with the BBC Concert Orchestra. This has also been a job that has seen her play with the great and good of Classical and Popular music. She has also toured with Alison Kraus as part of the star's backing band and was the first female conductor of the Dartford Symphony Orchestra. Sarah was kind enough to take some time away from rehearsing to talk to us about her musical journey, and gives some great advice to anyone starting out playing.
Can you tell us what inspired you to become involved with music?
My parents were keen on music - we had guitars around the house so I think I just picked one up and started to twang. As a child I was exposed to a lot of live music, folk clubs mainly, and I had instrumental lessons at a great local music centre which had loads of orchestras, bands and choirs where I met lots of other people that liked music.
Have you ever come up against difficulties when learning?
As well as supportive parents I was lucky to have fantastic music teachers at school. The difference that one individual can make to the success of music-making in that environment is amazing. The main difficulty I had was the very common one of not wanting to practice as a child! Its hard work, particularly when you're young, but I've always known that music is what I want to do - and the learning goes on and on. There's always something new...
Do you have any advice for those just starting playing and starting out?
Keep your ears open to all different kinds of music - to be able to constantly discover great music that you haven't heard before always inspires me. Make music with other people as often as you can, and have fun! Oh - and practice. Lots.
What are your thoughts on the Take it away scheme?
Unfortunately the buying of instruments can be an expensive business and this scheme could mean the difference between continuing to play an instrument or not.
I think that anything that opens up opportunities for people to get involved in music is fantastic.
For more infromation on Sarah Freestone, visit her website.