On June 22, 2016, my cousin, Jenny and I went to Twickenham to attend a concert put on by the Royal Military School of Music at Kneller Hall where my late husband, Michael John Crosbie had trained as a boy musician at the age of 15 in 1949. During the year that he studied there, he gained reasonable competence on 25 musical instruments. Michael was aware that he was a gifted musician and he went on to have an illustrious musical career, although he was cut short by a lung collapse (oboe) and a diagnosis of bipolar disorder when he reached the age of 40. I was eager to discover just how talented he was in the eyes of those who ran the RMSM and asked one of the head musicians there how superior his talent was in his opinion. He replied, “to give you an idea, we currently require that those who wish to become conductors become proficient on 12 musical instruments over a period of three years.”
When we first arrived at Twickenham, we met Jenny’s friends at a Pub called “The Ship” and had a delicious meal.
Here are photos of our visit at the pub and also some photos of Kneller Hall and the music concert.