Tracks of My Life is a show on RNIB Connect Radio presented and produced by Toby Davey where he invites a guest to take us on a journey through their life, sharing the tracks that mark important moments which bring back memories to them.
Their chosen tracks of their life might include the first track they can remember hearing, the first track they bought, a number of tracks that mark moments in their life and the final track, a track that they would like to pass on which might give people hope for the future.
In this trimmed down podcast version of Tracks of My Life Toby is joined by Lloyd Coleman, visually impaired and hearing-impaired musician, composer, and Associate Music Director of the Paraorchestra. .
Through Lloyd’s chosen tracks we will go on a journey from early life growing up in South Wales, at the age of 14 while at comprehensive school completing his Grade 8 in the Clarinet and gaining a scholarship to go to Cheetham’s School of Music in Manchester.
We then move to London as Lloyd continues his music education at the Royal Academy of Music, then in 2012 Lloyd joins the Paraorchestra to play alongside Coldplay at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
We then take a trip to Worthy Farm in Somerset as Lloyd and the rest of the Paraorchestra perform the Hero's Symphony by Philip Glass on the Park stage at Glastonbury 2016 the same year David Bowie passed away.
Lloyd will then reflect on the support and help he received from the late musician, arranger, and orchestrator Larry Ashmore, who became a good friend while mentoring Lloyd when he was commissioned by UCAN Productions to write a piece titled ‘Breaking the Wall’.
And finally there are fond memories for Lloyd of a trip to Uganda as a young musician and a magical performance of Mozart’s Requiem with a choir made up of young Ugandan voices which will stay with Lloyd forever.
To find out more about the Paraorchestra do visit -
And for more about Lloyd do visit his website -
You can catch the hour-long version of Tracks of My Life with Toby’s guest’s music tracks in full by tuning in to RNIB Connect Radio every Tuesday at 7pm, repeated on Thursday at 1pm and Sunday at 8pm.
(Image shows Lloyd sat on a flight case for musical equipment against a black background. He is wearing glasses and a brown/green knitted jumper with a colourful blue and pink collar. His hands are clasped in front of him and he is smiling and looking in to the camera)