When did you join the RSNO?
I joined the RSNO in January 2000 – it’s easy to remember because it was the turn of the Millennium!
Where are you from?
Backwell, near Bristol.
Where did you study?
On the Joint Course at the Royal Northern College of Music and Manchester University.
What do you enjoy most about being in the RSNO?
The wide variety of music, from some of the greatest symphonies to film music, and the sheer amount of repertoire we get through each month. No two days are the same – it keeps you on your toes!
Tell us your favourite RSNO story/memory so far.
My most nostalgic memory with the RSNO is playing in the Musikverein for three nights performing Prokofiev Symphonies with Walter Weller. It was particularly special because my (now) husband flew to Vienna as a surprise visit to celebrate my birthday!
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not in the Orchestra?
I enjoy teaching the cello to students aged between 7-23. I also love to paint with my daughter – there are various paintings of hers around the house. I also like to compose with my husband on cello and keyboards creating alternative music - Chilled Cello.
Do you have any hidden talents?
Not a lot of people know that I’m a bell ringer (campanologist) trained by my dad and mum who met when they were 15 through bell ringing. I’ve rung a Peal (a complicated method lasting 3 hours) and entered various Striking Competitions in Bristol.
I’m also rather good at Scrabble - no one will play with me on RSNO tours any more!
If you could have dinner with anyone who would it be and why?
I would love to have dinner with Frank Sinatra and ask him to croon to me all night.
You’re stranded on a desert island. You’re allowed 3 CD’s and a book. What would they be and why?
I would take a CD of Rachmaninov’s Piano Preludes (to remind me of passion and warmth), The Beatles Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (for a bit of light-relief) and Mozart’s Requiem (to enrich the soul). I would take a History Book of Art with lots of pictures of all the great works of art, or maybe a book of bell ringing methods as there would be plenty of time to learn them!