Associate Leader Emily Davis

When did you join the RSNO?
I joined the RSNO in October 2019

Where are you from?

I am from Guildford in Surrey but have enjoyed living in various places – firstly, school in Manchester, then some time studying and working in London, followed by a couple of years in beautiful Norway, which upon returning to the UK it had to be Scotland!

Where did you study? 

The Royal Academy of Music in London 

What do you enjoy most about being in the RSNO?

The atmosphere. It’s a great work environment where everyone undertakes their roles to come together and create fantastic concerts. Though serious about to the work they do, there is an underlying tone of good humour (no pun intended).

Tell us your favourite RSNO story/memory so far.

As I’m new, I am sure there are many stories to come. However, I had a fantastic time on the USA trip, Spring 2019. Another personal concert highlight was performing Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse live at Usher Hall, with the man himself narrating. It was unbelievable to have a childhood hero reading the story I grew up on, right next to me. He was incredibly kind and even signed about 10 copies of the book for me!

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

 Cooking good food at home with my husband. We both travel a lot, so this time is precious! We also love walking and climbing.

Do you have any hidden talents?

 I’m not sure about hidden talents. I have a strange knack of knowing and learning an excess of song lyrics, although I think that can be quite annoying for people around me.

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

Julie Andrews – my hero. She shaped my idea of music and expression when I was very young. Her singing still gives me so much joy!

Leonard Bernstein – one of the greatest genius of the 20 century. His character has always fascinated me (incredible wit!) and his music (composition and in performance) has left such a lasting impression.

Elizabeth Taylor – so many questions!

Emily Davison – when I first learnt about this woman (who nearly shares my name), I couldn’t believe the passion in which she, and many others, fought for gender equality. I’d like to say thank you and meet such a strong woman.

Mozart – perhaps a cliché but I’d love to meet the spirit behind the music. I think I would laugh until my belly hurt. 

With these five guests, if only I could have this party (think of the singalong!).

You’re stranded on a desert island. You’re allowed three records and one book. What would they be, and why?

Tough question!

Complete Beethoven String Quartets: Difficult to pick which recording but I’ll go with Alban Berg Quartet. This music covers every human emotion. 

Chet Baker Sings: his playing is extraordinary and his singing so perfectly imperfect.

The Sound of Music Soundtrack: I have to be honest! I explained myself before…

I honestly can’t choose a favourite book it is not possible. So I would take Saturday’s Times paper, to keep track of what date I got to the island, and the crossword would keep me occupied for a very long time.