If we do say so ourselves, our staff are pretty ace. So for our next few blogs, we’re going to be getting to know them a little better, kicking off with owner and manager of The Music Place, king of the hill… Lucy McElhinney!
Why did you start up The Music Place?
I used to work in a music school in Hull when I was at university and really enjoyed being a part of it. I moved to Altrincham soon after uni with a band I was playing in although soon decided that I didn’t want to be a musician but definitely knew I wanted to work in music. I then proceeded to write a business plan and started to look around for a suitable location.
What do you like most about The Music Place?
I think I like the family atmosphere best, I love the enthusiasm of the staff and I love getting to know all the students and seeing them flourish. I really enjoy all the concerts we put on, singing in our choir and hanging out with all the lovely people at Vibrant Voices (our choir for people living with dementia). I also really like being part of Altrincham’s music scene; our involvement with the Cinnamon Club, the Market and HarFest. I feel like there’s an exciting music scene evolving in Altrincham and it’s been great to give our students lots of opportunities to get involved. I love seeing what music does for people, it’s all positive, there’s nothing negative in music, it brings so much joy and boosts confidence. Watching these things come alive in people of all ages is so rewarding, I think I have the best job ever!
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love getting out into nature with my dog. I have recently taken up the flute and started playing the congas again which is loads of fun. For me, there’s nothing better than putting on some top tunes and dancing (usually in the kitchen as I’m too old for night clubs!) I love hanging out with my family and doing whatever mad ideas my eight year old has come up with. I always have a great time with my lovely friends so hanging out with them, especially whilst eating curry, is another of my favourite things to do.
If you were trapped on a desert island with only three albums, what would they be?
This is an awful question as it’s impossible to choose! Today I’ll go with Songs in the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder, Live at Velfarre by Earth Wind and Fire (for dancing round my palm tree) and Want One by Rufus Wainwright.
If you were to have dinner with one famous musician, alive or dead, who would it be?
Do you have a fondest memory from working at The Music Place?
Probably at the ten year party when my Dad turned up as a surprise (he lives in America) and he and my Mum were doing the proud parent bit! It’s funny how it doesn’t matter how old you get, it always feels so great to make your parents proud.
So that’s Lucy! She’s a bit of a marvel really, and we’re super lucky to have her running the joint.
Have a lovely week everyone!