My daughter Zosia joined the choirs in 2001 and I enjoyed photographing the concerts and watching the then guitarist Chris Buckley accompany the songs. I started playing alongside Chris until he retired and quickly justified a late-night ebay purchase of a new guitar to bring along. Zosia left the choirs in 2009 - but I stayed.
So ten years and a couple of other ebay late night guitar purchases later - and I am still learning as varied a mix of music that anyone could wish for. Every week I watch John coax out the very best music from all of us. It is seeing the transformation of new joiners at 6 or 7 years old turning into confident, magnificent singers and performers and instrumentalists, that for me, is the reward for being an accompanist for the Beckenham Junior Choir and Youth Voices community.