Singing Notes - Sue Pegram

  • Posted on: 26 May 2019
  • By: huw

Sue Pegram, our alto part rep, answers questions about her love of music.

What is your earliest memory of music in your life?

My first music memory is my father singing nursery rhymes to us as children (and later on, music hall songs and Gilbert & Sullivan!) He was always singing, and he was still singing at his nursing home until just before he died aged 89. 

What was your first 'public performance'?

I was about 8 years old in the Brownies and sang solo the first verse of “In the Bleak Midwinter” at a Christmas party - but I was so shy I hid behind the other Brownies!

Who is your favourite composer/ songwriter, and why?

Generally, anything gorgeous from the Italian Renaissance period - Monteverdi, Gabrieli, Palestrina, just because it is wonderful.

What composition/ piece/ song would you recommend to a friend to brighten up their day?

“Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” from Walt Disney’s “Song of the South” (1946 ) Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah

Tell us a humorous saying/ quote/ joke with a musical theme

Mozart’s “A Musical Joke” is an amusing piece in itself! However, here is a short quip from the lightbulb series of jokes:

Q: How long does it take for a conductor to change a lightbulb?
A: Nobody knows because no one’s watching…