Katherine Bryan

When did you join the RSNO?
I joined the RSNO in May 2003.

Where are you from?
I'm originally from Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Where did you study?
I studied at the Julliard School, New York.

What do you enjoy most about being in the RSNO?
The thing I enjoy most about being in the RSNO is working with lovely people -and I really have the most wonderful flute section imaginable. We also laugh a lot. That's one of the best things about the Orchestra - we work hard, but also don't take ourselves too seriously!

Tell us your favourite RSNO story/memory so far.
My favourite memory from being with the RSNO comes from when we were on tour in Germany once. The Orchestra were in Bier Kellar post-concert, and a German Oompah band started playing the Schnee Walz - which we are all very familiar with playing at Christmas. The Orchestra erupted into singing and dancing, and the Germans couldn't believe it! Tourists were taking pictures of us and everything! It's often the funny moments like this which stay in my memory, as well as all the amazing concerts.

What do you enjoy doing when you're not playing with the Orchestra?
When I'm not playing with the Orchestra, I love fashion, so shopping is a favourite and regular past time! I have about 120 pairs of shoes, all boxed and labelled. I also have a beagle called Ralph who is just fabulous. Taking him for a walk in the countryside where we live is a great way to stay sane after a long day of rehearsals!

Do you have any hidden talents?
My very talented cellist-come-chef (Masterchef, actually!) husband tells me I make the best shortbread he's ever eaten. Sadly, that's pretty much all I can cook! I used to represent my region at sprinting when I was a child.

If you could have dinner with anyone (alive or dead) who would it be, and why?
If I could have dinner with anyone at all, it would be Henry VIII! Any man that has 6 wives must be an interesting dinner companion! Failing that, Sarah Jessica Parker (as long as we went shopping together afterwards).

You're stranded on a desert island. You're allowed 3 CDs and 1 book. What would they be, and why?
The 3 CDs I would have to bring with me on a desert island would be 'The Complete Works of Prokofiev'; 'Songs of Robert Burns' sung by Eddi Reader and a CD of cheesy pop music - I couldn't specify what! I would also have to bring a notebook and pencil with me.