First Violin Lorna Rough

When did you join the RSNO?
I joined the RSNO in April 1999.

Where are you from?
I’m from Ayr.

Where did you study?
I studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and was granted a Postgraduate scholarship to Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, USA (part of the John Hopkins University).

What do you enjoy most about being in the RSNO?
Being a part of creating the wonderful, exhilarating, exciting and spontaneous sound.

Tell us your favourite RSNO story/memory so far.
Doing education work at Yorkhill Hospital, when we helped to bring a girl out of a coma. This was one of the most amazing, unforgettable moments of my life, which shows the true power of music.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not playing with the Orchestra?
Spending time with my husband Peter and my daughter Bryony. We love cafe culture.

Do you have any hidden talents?
I couldn’t possibly mention them!

If you could have dinner with anyone (alive or dead) who would it be, and why?
How about Jonathan Ross, Heifitz, Paganini and Vivaldi. It would be hilarious!

You’re stranded on a desert island. You’re allowed 3 CDs and 1 book. What would they be, and why?
The CDs I would bring would be Prokofiev ‘2nd Violin Concerto’ – as it brings back great memories of my wedding day, as I walked down the aisle to the 2nd movement. It’s an amazing piece. Schoenberg ‘Verklarte Nacht’ sends a tingle down my spine! Vivaldi ‘Four Seasons’, but which version?! I change my mind all the time. Only taking one book would be very difficult, but at this moment in time I’d take Paul Auster’s New York Trilogy.