Love of music started in the classroom
AS A school student, Deborah Wray and her fellow pupils lined up beside a piano in music class and were asked to sing in tune to the notes which were played.
It was a simple process.
Students who could sing in tune were taught to play the violin. Those who couldn't were offered other alternatives.
It was the teacher's way of determining which students had an ear for music.
Deborah's gifted vocals and her ability to sing along to the melody of the piano unlocked her passion for classical music and her unique aptness as an instrumentalist.
She had an ear for music.
Since her introduction to the violin as a student at St Albans in the English county of Hertfordshire, Deborah continued to play the instrument into adulthood. After journeying to Australia, she joined the North Coast Performing Arts Association orchestra to build on her love of sharing and making music with others.
"It is a wonderful feeling to be in an orchestra and to play music with other people," Deborah said.
"Making music as part of an orchestra is not something you can achieve on your own, it is a group effort."
"It is also a lot of fun."
When asked to identify the most special characteristic associated with an orchestra, Deborah said there was no moment more poignant than when the music united the instrumentalists.
"You can sit with an international community in an orchestra and play alongside people from different countries and communicate with them through the universal language of music," she said.
"It is amazing to be a part of that."
Deborah will be taking part in the orchestra's performance with the NCPAA choir at the Saraton Theatre in Grafton at 2pm on Sunday.
Describing the orchestra as an amazing group of musicians and the orchestra's conductor Gergely Mályusz as a highly professional and charming man, Deborah Wray feels the upcoming performance of The Armed Man is an event not to be missed.