It’s never too late

Presenter: Sarah Drury


Diversity is very much in the news now and rightly so. However, it is very easy to focus on enabling opportunities to as wide a demographic of young people as possible whilst maybe forgetting that there are currently almost 16 million people over the age of 60 in the UK equating to some 23% of the population.

Many are very healthy, active and wish to either restart long lost hobbies or begin new ones ..such as learning a stringed instrument ! In January I began teaching at the East London Late Starters orchestra, an organisation designed for any adult who would like to play a stringed instrument but can’t afford private tuition.

The emphasis is on learning in groups and playing in an ensemble from the start. In this presentation I will discuss the organisation and my varied teaching here in more detail but most importantly hopefully inspire some of you to want to set up something similar for yourselves. N.B.. By 2050 one in four adults in the UK will be over the age of 65.


Sarah Drury studied violin and piano at the Royal College of Music and on graduating joined the Asturias Symphony Orchestra, Spain. On her return to the UK she became sub-principal violinist with the London City Ballet orchestra.

Her love of teaching was inspired through attending the workshops of Sheila Nelson amongst others. She was Head of Strings at James Allen’s Girls’ School, London and in 2003 went to Dorset with a young family to become Head of Strings at Sherborne School. In 2017 she returned to London and combined roles as Head of Strings for both the Latymer School and the Enfield Music Service.

She regularly coaches at Royal College of Music Junior Department and has directed numerous holiday string courses. She has also had a varied freelance career performing/recording with many orchestras/string ensembles both in the UK and Spain. She is a member of the ESTA council UK.

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