Sunday, 24 January 2016


I know that 2016 is almost a whole month old but, as this is my first post of the year, I want to wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I hope that you will all continue to support this blog with your comments, photographs and stories.

Today we have a real blast from the past - some wonderful certificates that will, I think, be greatly appreciated by all of you musicians out there.  The certificates were kindly shared by NORMA PEDDLE BULGER.  These TRINITY COLLEGE OF MUSIC CERTIFICATES were awarded to her late mother, NELLIE SPARROW PEDDLE in the 1940s.  Norma said that her mother was a beautiful singer and a wonderful pianist.

We are grateful to Norma for sharing these wonderful mementos of her dear mother with us.  We are pretty certain that they will stir some musical memories for readers of this blog.  Memories of Mother Francis, Mother Gerard, Sister Presentation, Sr Edwardine, Sr Brendan and many, many others.  If you have  a musical moment that you would like to share, please contact us at  We would love to hear from you.

Trinity College of Music Certificate awarded to
Nellie Sparrow in 1942

Nellie's Theory of Music Certificate awarded in 1944
Theory of Music Certificate awarded to
Nellie Sparrow in 1945