Music triumph following ‘heartbreaking’ accident

David and Joanne Wesling with their sons Daniel (7) and William (8). Picture: Adrian Murray. (1307236AM1)
David and Joanne Wesling with their sons Daniel (7) and William (8). Picture: Adrian Murray. (1307236AM1)

A talented cello player has left an impressive musical legacy to his two sons, after a “heartbreaking” accident left him unable to play again.

David Wesling, 39, who owns the Half Moon Inn in Sharow, can no longer play the cello after falling out of a car and fracturing his hand – but his two young sons have inherited their dad’s musical flair.

“It was just one of those silly things. David fell out a car and fractured his hand and we didn’t think it was too serious,” David’s wife Joanna, 38, told the Gazette.

But the family discovered the accident had left David with nerve damage and arthritis in his wrist – and now he can no longer play his beloved cello.

“It’s really heartbreaking,” Joanna, a violin and viola music teacher, said.

David, who met Joanna when they were both studying music at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, used to play as a Ripon Cathedral chorister and in Ripon’s renowned St Cecilia Orchestra – and sites his performance of the Dvorak cello concerto at the cathedral 15 years ago as a high point of his time playing the instrument.

And despite David’s injury, the couple’s eldest son William, 8, has excelled in his cello exams, securing a distinction in his Grade One test this summer with an impressive score of 142 out of 150.

In addition to following in his father’s footsteps, William’s paternal grandmother Freda, who lives in Littlethorpe, is also an accomplished musician – and is especially proud of her gifted grandson, Joanna said.

“Music is definitely something that runs in the family. Freda is so proud of William – we are all thrilled,” said Joanna, who also plays the piano.

“The mark he got was quite special at Grade One as distinctions are not usually given at this level. We all make music together and play together on family occasions. William loves being able to do something that we can all appreciate.”

The familial musical talents don’t stop there, as now William’s younger brother Daniel, 7, plays the violin too, and gets tuition from grandmother Freda.

And although the brothers, who attend Sharow Church of England Primary School, may enjoy a spot of pop music in addition to their classical songs, Joanna said she ensures the boys enjoy a “variety of music”.

“We also have a lot of guitars around the house, not just cellos and violins,” she said. “We don’t channel them in any particular direction. The boys just do what they enjoy.”

David added: “I feel very proud. Music really is a family affair!”