How long have you been a member of the BPO?
First joined at University in 1986. Left in 1990 when I moved to Scotland to drive 38 tonne articulated lorries. Rejoined January 1998.
What inspired you to take up your instrument?
I started off on the violin but didn’t really enjoy it. My mum took up the ‘cello when we all started school and she needed ‘something to do’. A lesson became available at school when I was 15 and I took the opportunity. I’ve never looked back!!!
How did you come to join the orchestra?
I can’t quite remember, it was such a long time ago! I think Ian (MacCarthy – our section leader) had something to do with it as I may have been playing in a show with him and he mentioned BPO.
Most treasured occasion with the BPO?
Playing in the first Birmingham Foundation concert at Symphony Hall. It was a sell-out and we had the audience completely behind us. What a spine tingling moment when we had a standing ovation and for such a great, worthwhile cause.
Any moments you’d rather forget?
Starting to play ‘God Save the Queen’ at Sutton Town Hall when Mike Lloyd forgot about the Queen and launched into Portsmouth Point. I’ve never dived for music as fast!
Least favourite composer?
Work(s) you’d like to play before you die?
Richard Strauss – Alpine Symphony, Tchaikovsky – Manfred Symphony, Mahler – Symphony number 2 (missed out playing it as I’d just had my second daughter when BPO did it in 2008).
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