Elita Poulter

When did you join the RSNO?
I joined the RSNO in January 2005.

Where are you from?
I'm from Eaglescliffe, near Stockton-on-Tees, North East England.

Where did you study?
I completed my Undergraduate degree at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester for 4 years before going on to do a Postgraduate degree at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

What do you enjoy most about being in the RSNO?
The camaraderie of the other musicians. To work with a group of very different individuals who are all united in a common goal - to produce the best possible performance - creates an incredible atmosphere. Essentially, I really enjoy hanging out with musicians, so I'm fortunate that my job makes this possible!

Tell us your favourite RSNO story/memory so far.
My favourite memory is of watching a 'certain member of the Orchestra'(who shall remain nameless!) decorate himself with Christmas decorations in a pub, after an Aberdeen Christmas concert. My favourite story from before I joined involves a mishap with the offstage tubular bells during 'Symphonie Fantastique'. Apparently with the first tap of the hammer, the string broke - sending the bell clattering down the steps to rather audible exclamations from the percussionist!

What do you enjoy doing when you're not playing with the Orchestra?
I enjoy going walking, cycling and getting my hands grubby working in my vegetable patch.

Do you have any hidden talents?
If I told you my hidden talents, they wouldn't be hidden any more!

If you could have dinner with anyone (alive or dead) who would it be, and why?
If I could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, I would choose my husband. I never get fed up with his company, and he always makes me laugh.

You're stranded on a desert island. You're allowed 3 CDs and 1 book. What would they be, and why?
If I was stranded on a desert island, my music choices would have to be: Bach - 'Well Tempered Clavier' played by Glenn Gould. Listening to this against a backdrop of waves crashing onto a sandy beach would be sure to send me off to sleep and produce very peaceful dreams! Prokofiev - 'Romeo & Juliet Ballet Music'. Simply the most fabulous music ever written, and wonderful to play as well. Destiny's Child - for the days I need a bit of 'girl power' to help me figure out how to make a bed out of a palm tree!