When did you join the RSNO?
I joined the RSNO in September 2001.
Where are you from?
I am from Lichfield in Staffordshire.
Where did you study?
I studied at the Royal College of Music London.
What do you enjoy most about being in the RSNO?
Simply being able to do what I have always loved... making music.
Tell us your favourite RSNO story/memory so far.
Whilst finishing the conductor's podium I made for the orchestra, Stéphane Denève came into the RSNO Centre to see it. He was delighted of course and asked if he could try it. As it had new red carpet on it, I said that he could as long as he removed his shoes... HE DID!
What do you enjoy doing when you're not playing with the Orchestra?
I rehair and restore bows of the string family and also love all forms of woodwork. I am also a dab hand with car mechanics and can often be found under a car somewhere. My wife Liz (also in the Orchestra) and I have two young sons who take up a lot of time as children always do. So, when added together, my time is pretty much taken up.
Do you have any hidden talents?
As previously mentioned... carpentry, car mechanics and anything that involves my hands.
If you could have dinner with anyone (alive or dead) who would it be, and why?
Mozart and Mahler. Mozart, to ask him what his take on the age old argument of modern instruments playing in the style of his period would be. How would he like to hear his music played in this modern era? Mahler - he and I have similarities. In a way I identify with him and I would simply like to ask him "What makes you 'tick'?"
You're stranded on a desert island. You're allowed 3 CDs and 1 book. What would they be, and why?
I would take Mahler's Eighth Symphony... Anyone who knows and loves his music will know why! Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for violin and Viola... As the question did not say that I was stranded alone... I could play this with my wife! Strauss' Four Last Songs. An overpowering memory I have is the first time I played a recording of this to my mother... she was reduced to tears and found speech difficult for a time afterwards. My book would be the Complete Works of Shakespeare.