Second Violin Sophie Lang

Supported by The Ian & Evelyn Crombie Chair

When did you join the RSNO?
I joined the RSNO in March 2005.

Where are you from?
Taunton, Somerset.

Where did you study?
I studied at the University of Surrey for an undergraduate degree, followed by the Royal Northern College of Music.

What do you enjoy most about being in the RSNO?
The thing I enjoy most about being in the RSNO is the cameraderie. It sounds cheesy, but it really does feel like being part of a big family. And of course, the concerts!

Tell us your favourite RSNO story/memory so far.
There are lots of stories to tell from my time at the RSNO, but one that jumps to mind is playing in the Musik Verin in Vienna just a few months after joining. Scary and awe-inspiring, it’s a magical place full of history.

If you could have dinner with anyone (alive or dead) who would it be, and why?
It may sound geeky, but if I could have dinner with anyone at all – dead or alive – it would have to be Bach, Beethoven and Brahms in a room together. I’d also invite Schoenberg and Debussy. I think they’d all have a lot to say to each other. Miles Davis and Lady Gaga would provide the entertainment!

You’re stranded on a desert island. You’re allowed 3 CDs and 1 book. What would they be, and why?
If I was stranded on a desert island, the music I would bring would be The Complete Brahms Chamber Music, The Complete Mozart Quartetes, The Complete Strauss Tone Poems, and book I would bring would be the Bible.