Claire Dunn

When did you join the RSNO?
I joined the RSNO in August 1994.

Where are you from?
I am from Morpeth in Northumberland.

Where did you study?
I studied at the Royal College of Music in London.

What do you enjoy most about being in the RSNO?
I enjoy the large range of repertoire that we get to perform, but I would say that the highlight of many concerts for me is the quality of the solists that perform with us.

Tell us your favourite RSNO story/memory so far.
Many of my best memories are from when we are abroad on tour and they generally involve food rather than the music, especially the cakes in Austria.

What do you enjoy doing when you're not playing with the Orchestra?
I enjoy baking!

Do you have any hidden talents?
I have a talent for baking cakes and puddings. And sleeping - no matter where I am, what time it is, how noisy it is, how much sleep I have had!

If you could have dinner with anyone (alive or dead) who would it be, and why?
Stephen Fry, because he shares my fascination with words and language.

You're stranded on a desert island. You're allowed 3 CDs and 1 book. What would they be, and why?
My CDs would be Strauss' Four Last Songs sung by Jessye Norman, Bach's Brandenburg Concertos played by the English Baroque Soloists with John Eliot Gardiner and Prokofiev's Violin Concertos performed by David Oistrakh. My book would be The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. (Yes, I know it is in two volumes, but you couldn't just have half the alphabet!)