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Profile of Liz Anderson

Liz started playing the violin on 5th November just before her 7th birthday.  She never forgot this date because she had to miss a firework party to go to her first violin lesson! After this inauspicious start, playing the violin rapidly became a way of life. She was lucky enough to live in Leicester up to the age of 10 at a time when a series of orchestras helped children progress from near-beginner to youth orchestra standard with supported ease. Moving to Leeds at 10 meant that she could learn with Eta Cohen and play in the Leeds Youth Orchestra which also provided an excellent training ground for a young musician. Inspiring years in the National Children’s Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra, quartetting for fun and earning pocket money busking in York and playing in a ceilidh band kept her busy through her teens and provided most of her social life and entertainment. It also introduced her to a much wider variety of people and aspiration than school could have done. The violin continued to be her main social focus through medical student life in Cambridge and London and  provided a welcome foil for the scientific and emotional rigours of study. Since then she has always managed to find somewhere to play as she has worked around the world in HIV medicine and women’s health – ceilidh tunes round the campfire in South Africa where she met her medical and musical husband, duets with a Dutch pianist in Bangkok, quartets in Oxford, fiddle band in Inverness, orchestras in Nottingham, Leeds, and York and a thriving music society in Blantyre, Malawi – the most recent family adventure. She was delighted to be invited to play with the LMO and has thoroughly enjoyed the challenges of playing at a high standard again. Music making is a great bond to share and a great way to make friends!