Lessons keep Lee in tune

Blackpool Music Academy class at Springfield Methodist Church, Bispham.  Pictured is Lee Telford.
Blackpool Music Academy class at Springfield Methodist Church, Bispham. Pictured is Lee Telford.
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The Gazette’s Give Us A Tune appeal is continuing to gather pace – with Blackpool Music Academy student Lee Telford proof you are never too old to start something new.

In April we launched our campaign for readers to provide 50 instruments for the Waterloo Road-based academy as well as donate £20,000 to subsidise music lessons for students.

The bid to leave a lasting musical legacy in the resort has won backing from a host of famous names including Radio One DJ Danny Howard, singer Little Boots and West End star Jodie Prenger.

And among the students to benefit from the academy’s tuition is Lee Telford, of Kings Walk, Cleveleys.

The 73-year-old learns the keyboard every Tuesday at lessons organised by music academy tutor Stephen Austin at Springfield Methodist Church in Bispham.

She said: “I went to live in Cleveleys after I moved back to the area from Liverpool.

“I found a lot of free time when I moved home. I remember I used to go to organ weekends in the Blackpool area and through going met Stephen Austin – who works for Blackpool Music Academy.

“I started going to the Blackpool Keyboard Group and from there the Blackpool Music Academy at Springfield Church in Bispham.

“I love music and being with like-minded people. It just went on from there. I love going to the Tuesday club.

“We all get on really well and have fun playing and I am glad I found it – it gets me out of the house.

“It is something I have in common with people.

Lee said she has hopes of becoming talented enough to play at care homes on the Fylde coast to entertain residents – and gave her backing to our music appeal which has already seen more than 30 
instruments donated.

She added: “The Give Us A Tune appeal is something I welcome. If I had a spare instrument I would donate it.

“I am sure there must be many, many households throughout the Fylde coast with instruments gathering dust. People have just forgotten they have them.

“The Tuesday club has introduced me to more people. I consider the men and women there to be my friends.

“I have made eight or nine new friends. It has opened my social circle.

“As far as music is concerned you can never be too old – I learn something every time I go.”