When did you join the RSNO?
I joined the RSNO in July 2017.
Where are you from?
Richmond, North Yorkshire
Where did you study?
Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (1996-2000)
What do you enjoy most about being in the RSNO?
The fact that it’s a great orchestra made up of great folk playing great music to great audiences!
Tell us your favourite RSNO story/memory so far.
My favourite memory is from back when I was a guest player in the orchestra in 1998, sitting between my two teachers at the time (Stephane Rancourt and Stephen West). Being subjected to Stephen’s practical jokes set me up perfectly for orchestral life!
What do you enjoy doing when you're not playing with the Orchestra?
Spending time with Jill my wife, Gustav my cat, and partaking in football and real ale. And, teaching at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I have Youth Football coaching qualifications from New Zealand!
If you could have dinner with anyone (alive or dead) who would it be, and why?
Sir Alex Ferguson, to ask him about the art of managing and motivating people, as I’m sure it would make me a better oboe player and teacher!
You're stranded on a desert island. You're allowed 3 CDs and 1 book. What would they be, and why?
Genesis' The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, because I’m a sucker for progressive rock.
The Emerson, Lake & Palmer version of Fanfare for the Common Man, because I’m a sucker for progressive rock.
The Darkness' Permission to Land, because it would keep me entertained on the desert island, and I’m certain that they’re probably suckers for progressive rock.
For the book, I’d go Kingdom of Fear by Hunter S Thompson, because it’s so incredibly dark that being stranded on a desert island wouldn’t look like such a bad option!