Our weekly trawl through our picture archive this week has a musical bent. The first picture, above, hails from Harrogate and is dated April 26, 1974.
The caption reads: “Home-made mediaeval musical instruments will be amongst those being played by a group of Harrogate children taking part in a Youth Week being staged at Harrogate Theatre next month.
“Pupils of the Western County Primary School, Harrogate, will be playing music of centuries ago in a concert on May 8. They will play on old style instruments including several crumhorns - medieval wind instruments which look like inverted walking sticks made by music teacher Mr John Whone. Mr Christopher Bostock, Director of Harrogate Theatre for Youth, who is organising the even, said: ‘It is intended that by giving young people the opportunity to use the theatre for their own enterprises they will be able to recognise the role it can play in society.’”
The picture shows from left to right: Julie Newport, 11, Linda Cawthorne ,10, Michelle Fisher ,10, and at the rear Susan Gill ,10.
The second picture, also from Harrogate, was taken on January 28, 1973 shows nine-year-old Christopher Riley, who made his own guitar. It was some veneered wood left over from a porch I’ve been building, Christopher drew out the shape and took it round to a neighbour, Mr Maurice Fuguill, of Dale Close, for some help. At first I thought it was just a little toy, but it has become much more.”
Christopher first got the idea of building a guitar after the headteacher at his school suggested he start taking lessons.
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