Busking violinist charms Barnstaple shoppers

Top violinist Paul Roberts performs in Barnstaple High Street on Friday morning.

Top violinist Paul Roberts performs in Barnstaple High Street on Friday morning. - Credit: Archant

Professional musician sets up in the High Street for an impromptu performance.

Top violinist Paul Roberts performs in Barnstaple High Street on Friday morning.

Top violinist Paul Roberts performs in Barnstaple High Street on Friday morning. - Credit: Archant

SHOPPERS in Barnstaple were amazed to hear the exquisite sound of classical violin music drifting along the High Street on Friday.

The source was busker Paul Roberts, a professional violinist from Willand near Cullompton who often busks at towns around the region just for the love of sharing his music.

He is just as likely to be found playing the violin at weddings and various events, often with his musician wife Tia as part of their business Classical Sounds.

Paul’s story is a remarkable one – he was born in Sierra Leone in West Africa and contracted polio at just 11 months old. Aged seven, he was adopted by missionaries and brought to England by his new parents.


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A year later he began to learn the violin and when his parents saw his progress, had no hesitation in hiring a private tutor.

He was able to set up his wedding business with help from the Prince’s Trust and in 2004 was awarded the trust’s Matthew Searle Business Award.

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Hear some of Paul’s music at www.classic-sounds.co.uk

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