When did you join the RSNO?
I joined the RSNO in November 1976.
Where are you from?
I'm from Ickenham in Middlesex, England.
Where did you study?
I studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
What do you enjoy most about being in the RSNO?
I love playing the music when it is something I like (it usually is) and I love the feeling of being part of a performing body of people. I also really like working with most of the people. If we are conducted by a good conductor I enjoy that too. I enjoy seeing members of the audience listening happily to what we are playing.
Tell us your favourite RSNO story/memory so far.
I had trouble keeping a straight face when one of the off-stage tubular bell hanging strings broke as the bell was struck, causing it to descend vertically to the hard floor in the Caird Hall's side corridor and then bounce repeatedly as it went from vertical to horizontal. The musical space left thereafter by its absence was extremely funny as well. There was also the occasion in the City Hall when the violin soloist Ida Haendel's hair band (which we assumed was there to anchor her wig) slipped down and completely covered her eyes in the middle of a dramatic section of the Sibelius Violin Concerto. Imagining what might be about to happen, but never did, was the funniest part.
If you could have dinner with anyone (alive or dead) who would it be, and why?
Hector Berlioz because he wrote extremely unusual, but enjoyable, music but also had a lot to say about lots of other subjects.