Viola Beth Woodford

When did you join the RSNO?

In September 2023.

Where are you from?

I was born in Sussex, but moved to Lancashire aged six.

Where did you study?

I did my undergraduate degree at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, followed by a year of Continuing Professional Development at the Royal Northern College of Music.

What do you enjoy most about being in the RSNO?

I haven’t been a permanent member for long, but whilst freelancing with the orchestra I have been struck by the sense of community.

Tell us your favourite RSNO story/memory so far.

I think playing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Nicola Benedetti. I watched her win Young Musician of the Year when I was 12 (and about grade 4 at the violin) and it was her who inspired me to become a professional.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not playing with the Orchestra?

I do a lot of hill walking, which was one of the reasons I wanted to move to Scotland. I hope in the future to be a Munro completer.

Do you have any hidden talents?

I can stand on my head.

If you could have dinner with anyone (alive or dead) who would it be, and why?

Miriam Margoyles as she always has funny anecdotes.

You’re stranded on a desert island. You’re allowed 3 CDs and 1 book. What would they be, and why?

For music I would like all three Lord of the Rings soundtracks, since I’m not allowed the films that would be the next best thing. My favourite books are Jamaica Inn, To Kill a Mockingbird and Fahrenheit 451 – I’m not sure I could chose between them!