Associate Principal Double Bass Margarida Castro

When did you join the RSNO?
I joined the RSNO in July 2015

Where are you from?
Portugal – Braga

Where did you study?
In London at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Royal College of Music.

What do you enjoy most about being in the RSNO?
We have the best and most caring stage management team I have ever encountered in all orchestras I have played with. It makes such a difference to the job!

Tell us your favourite RSNO story/memory so far.
A Viennese Gala concert months into my job when we had the music all in the wrong order and couldn’t stop laughing long enough to find the right piece. I was then left behind by the orchestra bus after that same concert, which I still laugh about these days.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not playing with the Orchestra?
I volunteer at a gender based violence support helpline in Glasgow and I do Bikram Yoga.

Do you have any hidden talents?
Hm… I can be very messy in my own space but still always know exactly where everything is – does that count?!

If you could have dinner with anyone (alive or dead) who would it be, and why?
Maya Angelou, no doubt! I find her autobiography series of books fascinating, in fact I once missed a plane because I was reading one of these books by the gate with the aircraft right in front of me.

You’re stranded on a desert island. You’re allowed 3 CDs and 1 book. What would they be, and why?
Possibly Women Who Run With Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés (if I couldn’t bring the entire Maya Angelou’s Autobiography books), it’s my feminist bible!

CDs: Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel Opera which I sang in as a child and have been in love with ever since. Some Fado music for sure as a proper patriotic Portuguese person (probably Quem me dera by Mariza or some old Fado by the greatest Amália Rodrigues) and some Esperanza Spalding to jazz things up a Little. Oh, can I add the Eurovision 2017 (Portugal) winner  as an extra – Amar pelos dois by Luísa and Salvador Sobral? It’s such a heart warming song with the most beautiful lyrics.