Hooked on Classics; Some People Are Football Fanatics. Some Love Black and White Films. but Tim's Walton's Passion Is Classical Music - Especially If It's Played by the CBSO at Birmingham's Symphony Hall. Caroline Foulkes Takes Note

The Birmingham Post (England), August 20, 2002 | Go to article overview

Hooked on Classics; Some People Are Football Fanatics. Some Love Black and White Films. but Tim's Walton's Passion Is Classical Music - Especially If It's Played by the CBSO at Birmingham's Symphony Hall. Caroline Foulkes Takes Note


Byline: Tim's Walton

Tim Walton couldn't have helped turning out the way he did. He was reared on music, the love of it runs through his family the way supporting the Villa, or hating Marmite runs through other families.

It started with his parents. His father Ralph, was taught to play the cello by Johann Hock, a member of the CBSO. During the Second World War, Ralph and his siblings performed around Birmingham as the Walton Quartet.

His mother Betty, played the violin and while she was working at the old Children's Hospital, near Fiveways, during the war, she used to lead the string orchestra at the School of Music. She finally hung up her fiddle around eight years ago, at the age of 78.

Tim tried to follow in her footsteps, but by his own admission he was never very successful. He took up singing instead. He also developed a lifelong passion for classical music - in particular the CBSO and Symphony Hall - after seeing his first concert at the age of 15. Since then he has been to more than 800 shows, and has the programmes for nearly every one of them.

Last week, he went to his 850th CBSO concert in 39 years. 'It is an obsession in a way, I suppose,' he says. 'I just really enjoy going.'

In fact, Tim enjoys going to concerts so much he once went down to London to see one event at lunchtime and then caught the train back to Birmingham for another that evening. …

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