The Musician’s dilemma.
By Stephen Tighe ARCM, LDBBA (Cert) PFS
All musicians need to be able see their music, see the conductor and see their colleagues in the band. As we get older and our eyesight changes, this becomes more difficult.
When musicians go to an optician, it is rare to find one that understands these issues. Indeed most opticians tend to stick to the standard ways of viewing optical problems.
Valli Opticians have an Optometrist who is himself a Trumpet player, so he understands the frustrations and difficulties our musicians may be experiencing.
It isn’t always easy to admit you have a problem, as your colleagues can often not understand these difficulties, having not experienced them themselves.
As a Conductor and former professional Trombonist myself, I have suffered from these issues. Having been short sighted for many years I recently had cataracts removed, I was becoming really quite concerned. I have also had a detached retina re-attached and have appreciated the help and guidance from the professional team at Valli.
If you suffer from not being able to see the music / conductor, or any of these frustrating issues, get in touch with Valli Opticians today. I cannot recommend them enough.
Stephen has been a full member of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators (ABBA) and an approved adjudicator for the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain for over 10 years. He is also a British Federation of Brass Bands (BFBB) approved adjudicator. He has adjudicated all over the UK at all levels.
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