Piano love at first sight for Norwich man Scott
It was ‘love at first sight’ when Scott Morrison was offered piano lessons in Norwich at the age of 12. Now, at 27, he is an amazingly versatile musician, playing at least seven instruments. Mike Wiltshire reports.
Scott was only four years old when his dad, Gordon, died – and as Scott grew up he “didn’t enjoy school” but found joy in music as he explored the world of brass instruments and keyboards and eventually earned a place on a music degree at Surrey University.
Today, Scott teaches music at the prestigious Leys School in Cambridge (boarders £10,600 term), which was founded in 1875 on Methodist Church principles.
The piano is Scott’s first love and he also sings bass and plays the organ. He plays guitar and brass wind instruments such as the trombone, tuba and euphonium. He loves a variety of music from Chopin’s compositions to jazz and musical theatre. Friends say “Scott can turn his hand to most things,” when it comes to playing instruments in various styles.
He was greatly encouraged along his musical journey by the sixth form at Hewett School and by Margaret Smith, the Norwich music director and choral leader who first heard Scott at a sing-a-long at Trinity Church, Norwich.
Scott has been ‘a man of faith’ since the age of 16 and Christian values are important to him. Right now he is caught up with seasonal music and he loves the music of John Rutter, the most popular living choral composer in the world and doyen of Christmas music.
This year Scott, with Margaret Smith, hosted an Evening of Musicals with a packed audience and a recent lunchtime-style recital in aid of the organ fund at St Andrew’s, Eaton.