Michael Baron remembers what the NSM made him feel as a child, and the impressions of his siblings.
Michael: Um, I want to say this about the Northern: the thing was when I asked John and Margaret about and Margaret was a bit… well ‘you know, I just sort of went and did the lessons’ sort of thing which is fine and she didn’t have particular feelings towards it but I know towards the end of it was… it was a chore. John said that it was a building that was just full of people who really wanted to teach you music and you wanted to learn it. So it— it was just full of wonder, you know it was absolutely wonderful. And there was this marvellous sort of atmosphere that nobody was going to sort of… You know, stop you doing it or tell you you did wrong or too badly or anything like that. And it was just really a happy place. It was everything, this Saturday school was everything that real school, day school, should have been and never was and never is now even, it was just magical. So, that’s how we got there and that’s how we came to go… Yeah.
Part of the #NSM2020 project "A 20/20 Legacy: the centenary of the Northern School of Music" supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.