Karen Collet


What is your occupation?
I am currently a secondary school music teacher.

How long have you been a member of the BPO?
I think I first played with BPO on piccolo for Mahler’s 6th Symphony in 1996. I then became an official member in 1997 (if my memory serves me correctly.)

What inspired you to take up your instrument?
I am from the generation of flute players inspired by James Galway!

How did you come to join the orchestra?
I was a member of Midland Music Makers opera company where I knew a couple who were friends with John Franklin, principal flute of BPO, and they introduced me to him.

Most treasured occasion with the BPO?
Most treasured occasion must be meeting my husband, horn player Chris Collet! Musically speaking, I enjoyed playing Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Birmingham Town Hall where it was first performed.

Any moments you’d rather forget?
I can’t think of any … I’ve obviously forgotten them already.

Favourite composers?
Difficult to narrow it down but I would probably say Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Dvorak. I also love music by Spanish and Latin American composers.

Least favourite composer?
I’m not a fan of avant-garde music.

Work(s) you’d like to play before you die?
I would like to play some of the music made famous by the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela such as Danzon No.2 by Arturo Marquez.

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