You are here: Home>People>Growing up in Watford>Music Lessons Music LessonsMemories of learning the piano at Carey Place Piano fingersPhoto by Manuela HoffmanHere is a memory of my music lessons in the mid fifties – learning the piano with Mr. Graves of Carey Place.Music-LessonsThis page was added on 24/09/2015. Comments about this page ReplyMy first piano lessons were with Miss Irene Bedford LRAM. This was around 1965. I was six. Miss Bedford lived in the second house in the little row of five at the bottom of Water lane. I remember one time, she produced a ruler. I snapped my hands back from the keyboard. “What’s wrong?” she asked. To me, a ruler meant one thing – a whack across the fingers! It took me a while to learn how lovely and kind Miss Bedford was. At age 12 I got a Cuunty Exhibition scholarship to the Watford School of Music. This was 1972 and I fell in love with the splendid buildings in Nascot Wood Road. I studied there for the next five years. I liked it so much that I used to play truant from ‘normal’ school (Victoria Boys) and spend my time there practising or hanging out in the library. I’d walk from West Watford carrying guitar and French horn, picking up ten fags on the way. Some of my best memories are of those times.By Chris Panks (02/11/2015) Add a comment about this page Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Your comment: *Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I consent to my name and e-mail address being stored along with this comment, and to the website editors communicating with me by e-mail about the comment if necessary. My name may be published alongside the comment on the website, but my e-mail address will not be published. My information will not be shared with any third party (see our I consent to my name and e-mail address being stored along with this contribution, and to the website editors communicating with me by e-mail about the contribution if necessary. My name may be published alongside the contribution on the website, but my e-mail address will not be published. My information will not be shared with any third party (see our Privacy Statement - opens in a new window).Privacy Statement - opens in a new window). * Growing up in Watford1970s/80s high streetA Boy From AbbotsA community within a communityA Life in WatfordA Mod in the SixtiesA Saturday Job at the MarketA Visit to Watford With VfB 08 LünenBeatles, Biba and Beautiful WatfordBeech Road and Callowland schoolsBluebell Woods at Carpenders Park, about 1957Born in Watford, 1942Childhood in Queens RoadChristmas Times PastEarly Days in WatfordFamily from Watford - Can you help?Living in Watford 1965-1991memoriesmemoriesMemories of SchoolMemories of WatfordMusic LessonsNEWSAGENTS IN WATFORDNorthfield SchoolNorthfield School April 1991Northfield School April 1991 Part 2Northfield School April 1991 part 3Northfield School Photos - Taken April 1991Playing as a Child in WatfordRambling Reminiscences of a Fifty-SomethingRaymond JennerSaturday Afternoon Window Shopping in Watford 1962Shopping on a Saturday With Your Pocket MoneySteam or SmokeThe Cassiobury KidThe Kingswood Estate Gang in the 1940sThe Paper Round at Carpenders Park - 1957-1960VictoriaWatfordWatford Cordery familyWatford Engineering 1942-1944Watford MemoriesWatford, the Best Town EverWatford's Vanishing TrickWolf Cubs and Boy Scouts - 23rd S.W. Herts - 1953-1960Working in Sainsbury's in St Albans Road Featured pages Watford's History A brief outline of the history of the town. St Mary's Church and the Development of the Local Area Watford's Market A Charter Market from the twelfth century.