Alison Middleton

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What is your occupation?
Up until last summer, I was a Graduate Recruitment Consultant for a leading Professional Services Firm and then for a small family run Recruitment Agency part time whist being a mum to my two children Jack 10 & Harley 6. I then decided to take a career change and now work for Lloyds Pharmacy and are training to become a Healthcare Assistant.

How long have you been a member of the BPO?
I joined at 19 in 1995.

What inspired you to take up your instrument?
I was given the opportunity to play a stringed instrument at Primary School and asked to play the violin. That was the day it all began when I was 7.

How did you come to join the orchestra?
I led the Senior Worcestershire Youth Orchestra, and at 18 was looking to continue with a leading non professional orchestra. The head of Worcestershire Youth Music recommended the BPO, so I auditioned & have been a member ever since.

Most treasured occasion with the BPO?
When my son Jack came to listen to our narrated rendition of the Snowman. It was his favourite Christmas Story. He brought with him his picture book & followed the story avidly being overwhelmed with all of the instruments in the orchestra telling the most magical tale.

Any moments you’d rather forget?
When I was playing in a Viennese concert at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall and at the beginning of the concert my A string snapped – I therefore had to mime for most of the 1st half which was interesting to say the least.

Favourite composers?
As a string player I have to say that I enjoy the beautiful melodies and richness of Dvorak. My favourite piece is symphony no: 9 “The New World”. My husband and I had this playing in church when we got married. My teachers from Worcestershire Youth Music played in the string quartet which made it a very memorable occasion

Least favourite composer?
I can honestly say that there isn’t a composer I dislike. Just sometimes I find the works of Mahler less enjoyable but certainly more challenging!

Work(s) you’d like to play before you die?
As I thoroughly enjoy musical theatre, I would welcome the opportunity of playing in Les Miserables! I find the score so meaningful & would hope one day that the BPO could perform such a wonderful piece.


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