What is your favourite Sixteen anecdote?
Stood waiting before a concert at St Margaret’s Westminster and being asked by a member of the audience if I was ’security’…
What do you do to relax in your spare time?
I like to be out walking my dogs around the beautiful Wiltshire countryside.
If you could perform in any venue, what / where would it be?
I was privileged to be a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral, so I think I ticked that box at a very young age. It’s such an iconic part of the London skyline and an amazing experience to perform in. Not the best sound as it all swirls around in the dome but when you can have a 15 second echo who cares……
Is there a piece you have fallen in love with since performing it with The Sixteen?
Monteverdi Vespers of 1610. Such an exciting piece of music and full of surprises. You hear something new every time you perform it
What has been the most challenging piece of music you have ever performed?
Poulenc’s Figure Humaine has got to be right up there with the hardest music in terms of notes. It’s such an emotionally charged piece as well so is really exhausting to perform.
Does anyone in The Sixteen have any annoying or unusual habits?! If so, what is it?
I’m not saying but I’m sure I have many……. 🤣
Do you have a party trick and if so, what is it?!
I like to squeak the soprano line!! Don’t ask……..
Who were you, or would you be nervous to meet?
I don’t think I’d be nervous to meet anyone. I was however lucky enough to meet Pavarotti and that was a memory I will always cherish.
What do you think you would be doing if you weren’t a musician?
I’d like to think I could have played Rugby (probably not good enough though). Otherwise, I think I would have been in one of the trades. I like working with my hands.
What would your ultimate desert island disc be?
Friede auf Erden – Schoenberg
Geistliches Lied – Brahms
Songs of Farewell – Parry
Stabat Mater – MacMillan
Figure Humaine – Poulenc
Fest-und Gedenksprüche – Brahms
Miserere Nostri – Tallis
Nesciens Mater – Mouton
Christmas Oratorio – Bach
Ode for St Cecilia’s Day – Purcell
For the remainder of the (very large) disc I’d have any 80’s/90’s pop and anything by The Beatles.
What would you eat for your last supper?
Slow roasted shoulder of Lamb with loads of gravy and mint sauce, roast potatoes, parsnips, carrots and green beans. All this accompanied by a bottle of my favourite red wine. Mmmmmm……
And the obligatory question…What football team do you support?!
Spurs. But secretly (don’t tell Harry) I’d much rather be watching the Rugby.