Davur Juul Magnussen

When did you join the RSNO?
I joined the RSNO in August 2008.

Where are you from?
I am from Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands.

Where did you study?
I studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.

What do you enjoy most about being in the RSNO?
It is a dream job, or rather MY dream job. To get paid for something you love might sound like a cliché, but it is actually true. The danger with that though, is that when your hobby becomes your job, you can fall out of love with it. Luckily my colleagues at the RSNO make that an impossibility. You do also get to meet many interesting people from out with the RSNO.

Tell us your favourite RSNO story/memory so far.
There is a great story about Sir Alexander Gibson and an ex-2nd Trumpet player in the Orchestra. At a rehearsal, the whole Orchestra had spent at least 20 minutes putting in rehearsal marks and other things for a symphony. It was a very laborious and detailed process, where every member would write the conductor's instructions on their own part. When this was finally finished, and Gibson was about to start rehearsing proper, the 2nd Trumpet player turned to his colleagues and exclaimed loudly that he was in need of a pencil, because he would never remember all that. The reaction was apparently priceless, and I wish I was there.

What do you enjoy doing when you're not playing with the Orchestra?
I have with time got an interest for sailing. It is a great way to explore Scotland. Now, I have not done much sailing here yet, but endeavor to do much more.

Do you have any hidden talents?
Does playing the saxophone count? Probably not! Im really good at tossing pancakes in the air, and I have apparently got a knack for sheep-shearing. I discovered that during my last summer holiday back home on the Faroe Islands.

If you could have dinner with anyone (alive or dead) who would it be, and why?
Gustav Holst. It would be great to hear if he had any funny stories from his time in the RSNO trombone section.

You're stranded on a desert island. You're allowed 3 CDs and 1 book. What would they be, and why?
1. Porgy and Bess, Miles Davis 2. Shostakovich 5th Symphony with Neemi Jarvi and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. 3. Trøllabundin by Eivør Pálsdóttir and the Danish Radio Big Band. I would also like to have a book about how to make a CD player and speakers, only using things you find on a desert island.