AT NINETY-five-years old, you might forgive George Newns for taking things easy.
But the elderly musician still rehearses with Solihull Symphony Orchestra and is hoping to encourage talented youngsters.
George has played violin for over 80 years and shows no sign of hanging up his bow.
Learning to play at the tender age of ten, he’s keen to join some of the group’s up-and-coming members for a concert in March.
“If your parents encourage you to take up an instrument, stick at it, even if practice seems a bit of a chore,” he said.
“In later years it will provide solace, comfort, enjoyment and companionship second to none”
George’s father bought him his first instrument in 1925 (for the princely sum of seventeen shillings and sixpence.)
Practising hard throughout his school years, George went on to enjoy a busy career - performing at venues around the world.
He’s been a number of the SSO - and its predecessor Knowle Sinfonia - since it was formed in 1990. This week, members gathered to wish the veteran violinist “Many Happy Returns”.
The Rising Stars Concert will be taking place at Shirley Methodist Church on March 27.
To find out more about the orchestra, who usually rehearse at Solihull School, go to www.solihullsymphony.org.uk.