There followed the String Group, the Junior String orchestra, the Concert Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra and finally the Philharmonia, with her younger sister, on the viola, close behind. There were no more Saturday morning lie ins during term time, with three hour rehearsals beginning at 9:30 am. To begin with, this involved a bus journey across the city, but later their teacher kindly offered a lift - and her friendship.
There were concerts twice a year, at Christmas and in the summer term, in various churches, the Victoria Rooms, the Colston Hall and finally this evening at St George's. I repaid their teacher's kindness by selling programmes, mastering the knack of folding music stands and lugging piles of music out to the car.
But tonight it all came to an end with my younger daughter's last concert. It was a good one - Elgar, Schumann, Holst and the premiere of a piece composed specially for them by Raymond Warren.
I'm indebted to the staff who give their time and energy to offer Bristol's children the opportunity to make music together.
Thank you BAMS - and goodbye.