October 19, 2023
Meet John Swain, an 82-year-old cello student at PCM. Originally from London, John’s love for music was sparked during childhood, attending concerts with his family and singing in school. As a young adult, he enjoyed operas by Verdi, Mozart, and Puccini, and later developed a deep appreciation for Wagner, especially Die Walküre. It wasn't until his 80th birthday, however, that John decided to learn the cello. Read more below about his pursuit of taking up an instrument later in life and how his involvement in PCM's adult string ensemble has transformed his perspective on learning, growth, and the joy of playing music with others.