Concettina Del Vecchio

First Violin

Adopted by Mary Riddoch and Richard & Jenny Bryson

What was your earliest musical experience?

My parents are from Italy, and my earliest musical experience was listening to members of my family play Neapolitan folk songs from as early as I can remember. I started out playing the accordian when I was 3 and a half years old, and I remember falling over with it on occasion! My sister plays the cello and my cousins are also musical, so we used to busk together as a family.

Who is your biggest musical influence and why?

My grandfather was the village accordianist back in Italy and used to play at all the town weddings and parties. He was entirely self-taught and he has had a great influence on my musical life as it was because of him that I began to learn the accordian.

What is the best thing about being a member of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra?

When it all comes together, it's really thrilling! Before I joined the Youth Orchestra in Sandwell, I heard them play and was absolutely blown away by the sound. I love being part of a really good team and making a great sound all together.