Have you always wanted to play in an orchestra?
No, I was crazy about horse-riding, and originally wanted to be an Eventer. Bit of a leap!
What do you enjoy most about the job?
The people. I couldn’t ask to work with a more brilliant, diverse, talented and funny group of colleagues. I admire them enormously for all sorts of different reasons.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Reading, drinking white wine with friends; playing chess and pool; and horse riding. Oh, and shopping, naturally.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
My very first Prom. The atmosphere is just electric. I was on trial with the orchestra, the hall was packed out, and my parents were there supporting me. I felt enormously proud, and very privileged to be a part of such a fantastic, exuberant celebration of classical music.
What piece of music would you take to a desert island?
Honestly, I don’t really listen to classical music in my spare time, so it would have to be something like James Brown or Stevie Wonder. I’m a huge fan of both.
What would you do if you weren’t a musician?
I’d love to be a writer/journalist. But I’m also obsessed with antiques, so a little antique shop on the coast would be very acceptable. As would a late night jazz club, come to think of it! There are lots of things I’d quite fancy trying my hand at, but unfortunately limitless funding would be a prerequisite for most of them!
Are you from a musical family?
Yes, my mum plays violin and viola and is the most brilliant teacher I know. My dad is retired now, but he also was a fabulous violinist and musician and conducted all the local youth orchestras for years. I’m in awe of the number of pupils they’ve inspired over the years, myself included.