Marcus Pope

When did you join the RSNO?
I joined the RSNO in August 1989.

Where are you from?
I'm originally from Essex.

Where did you study?
I studied at Kneller Hall, the Royal Northern College of Music and at Guildhall.

Tell us your favourite RSNO story/memory so far.
My favourite memory is of a concert in Bratislava. An audience of all ages with an an obvious commitment and respect for art and culture in a dusty and materially neglected hall, for obvious economical reasons at the time. A society still in touch with its history and shared values where XFactor and MacDonalds had not yet taken over.

What do you enjoy doing when you're not playing with the Orchestra?
I enjoy practicing, teaching, reading, spending time with my family.

If you could have dinner with anyone (alive or dead) who would it be, and why?
Louis Armstrong. It would be good to hang out, and something might rub off.

You're stranded on a desert island. You're allowed 3 CDs and 1 book. What would they be, and why?
My CDs would be: Debussy - piano music - the complete works; Chopin - piano music - the complete works; Miles Davis - Porgy and Bess. My book would be Cannery Row by John Steinbeck. Listen and read, no explanation required...