Katherine Wren

When did you join the RSNO?
I joined the RSNO in May 1998.

Where are you from?
Doncaster.

Where did you study?
I studied at the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music.

What do you enjoy most about being in the RSNO?
I enjoy playing great music and being part of a big sound. I also love travelling, especially getting the chance to play in smaller places in more rural areas of Scotland during 'Out and About Week'.

Tell us your favourite RSNO story/memory so far.
The day we were in Innsbruck, Austria, in October 2000. I cycled out of a grey, foggy Innsbruck up to the Olympic Ski Resort of Axamer Lizum into bright sunshine with a beautiful, rocky ridge in front of me and I whizzed down 3,000 feet into town below. After that, I was still grinning as we played 'Glazunov 5', the first time I'd performed that piece. The two events will be linked in my mind forever.

What do you enjoy doing when you're not playing with the Orchestra?
My hobbies include being outdoors, especially cycle-touring and ski-touring.

Do you have any hidden talents?
I'm training to be a translator.

If you could have dinner with anyone (alive or dead) who would it be, and why?
The Swedish cyclist David Millar, because he's one of the few cyclists you could have an interesting and offbeat conversation about the arts with. That way, I could combine all my interests and have a thoroughly interesting night out.

You're stranded on a desert island. You're allowed 3 CDs and 1 book. What would they be, and why?
How many Wagner CDs am I allowed and are box sets cheating?! I'd choose Wagner's 'Parsifal', because it's one of the most perfectly constructed operas he wrote and 'Götterdämmerung', because I'd have to have something from The Ring Cycle. Finally, I'd go for Stauss' 'Alpine Symphony', because I hate heat and a desert would be hell. That piece would remind me of snow! My book would be Zola's 'Germinal'. Immaculately written, thought-provoking, and always revealing something new.