Dávur Juul Magnussen – Principal Trombone
The Mitchell's Glengyle Chair
When did you join the RSNO?
I joined the RSNO in August 2008.
Where are you from?
I am from Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands.
Where did you study?
At the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.
What do you enjoy most about being in the RSNO?
It is a dream job, or rather my dream job. To get paid for something you love doing might sound like a cliché, but it is true. The danger with that, though, is that when your hobby becomes your job, you can fall out of love with it. Luckily my colleagues at the RSNO make that an impossibility!
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not playing with the Orchestra?
I have fallen in love with surfing. I have not done much yet, but I hope to do much more. I was surprised that I could even manage to stand up on the board! I have also got into making my own kombucha (fermented tea).
Do you have any hidden talents?
I’m really good at tossing pancakes, and I apparently have a knack for sheep-shearing! I discovered the latter talent on my last summer holiday back home on the Faroe Islands.
If you could have dinner with anyone (alive or dead) who would it be, and why?
Gustav Holst. It would be great to hear if he had any stories from his time in the RSNO trombone section.
You’re stranded on a desert island. You’re allowed 3 albums. What would they be?
1. Porgy and Bess, Miles Davis.
2. Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony with Neeme Järvi and the RSNO.
3. Jazz Pä Svenska by Jan Johansson.