Many years ago, Maureen Smith was leading an orchestral concert in the north of England, at which the great clarinettist Tony Pay was playing.
After the gig Maureen was having a drink in the pub with some friends from the audience when Tony walked in, now in plain clothes, so she introduced them:
“Hey guys, this is Tony Pay—he plays the clarinet.”
One of them looked at him and went,
“Jeez, they could have done with you tonight!”
Tony likes to tell this story himself.
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