Elisabeth Briggs

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How long have you been a member of the BPO?
I first joined as a student in 1997 but left in 2000 to start work elsewhere. I moved back to the Midlands in 2005 and re-joined BPO the following year. It was a while before I decided I could give up every Sunday morning for an orchestra rehearsal!

What inspired you to take up your instrument?

I have always played the piano but wanted something slightly ‘different’ when I was about 12 to allow me to play in ensembles. I ended up learning both the viola and the french horn, but the viola is the one that I continued playing after school.

How did you come to join the orchestra?

My housemate at the time, Rachel Hyde, played cello in BPO and suggested it as an alternative to the university orchestra. I found BPO much more welcoming!

Most treasured occasion with the BPO?

One of the highlights was playing Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection) at Tewkesbury Abbey and the Town Hall. I also enjoyed the Broadway to Hollywood concerts with Opus V a few years ago.

Any moments you’d rather forget?

Can’t think of any!

Favourite composer?

Rachmaninov.

Least favourite composer?

I’m not keen on many Baroque composers.

Work(s) you’d like to play before you die?

Any of the string serenades. I’d also love to play Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 again – I have played it previously with a much smaller orchestra but I think it deserves a BPO performance!


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