How long have you been a member of the BPO?
On and off for 43 years – I took time off when my children were small.
What inspired you to take up your instrument?
I started on the oboe, because my father played in an orchestra, which didn’t have one. I moved on to the bassoon, when I got reed-making fatigue! A bassoon was offered on loan, so I accepted.
How did you come to join the orchestra?
My boyfriend played the timps.
Most treasured occasion with the BPO?
There have been many, but playing in Symphony Hall for the first time, to a full audience, was pretty special.
Any moments you’d rather forget?
Turning pages for the piano concerto soloist and ending up with the music in front of me, not him!!
Favourites change as you get older, but I love French music, and, also, as an early music fan, John Dowland & William Byrd rate highly in my book.
Least favourite composer?
Schubert & Bruckner.
Work(s) you’d like to play before you die?
A piece I would really like to play (again) is the very first work I played when auditioning for principal oboe with the Midland Youth Orchestra when I was 15 years old which was Enescu Romanian Rhapsody No 1.
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