Meet the Musicians | Molly Edwards, French horn

Nevis Ensemble Marketing and PR Assistant, Isaac Boothman chats with Nevis French horn player, Molly Edwards.

How did you end up in Nevis Ensemble?

I was lucky enough to end up in the Nevis Ensemble based on a recommendation from a friend. I had been playing in another orchestra who then asked me if I would be interested in playing with Nevis on their first tour. I haven’t looked back since then! 

Do you have a particular favourite Nevis memory?

There are so many fond memories of Nevis! One perhaps isn’t related to music making but whilst on tour in the Outer Hebrides, a group of us braved the icy Hebridean waters and went for a swim! We laugh about it now but it was blooming freezing! 

How has your involvement in music changed your life or career?

Music has always been with me from the beginning, which I admit sounds cheesy! Although I didn’t start playing it until I got to high school, it was still massively important to me as I grew up. My involvement in music has opened up so many options for a life of travel and spontaneity. I’ve had amazing adventures already with it, I’ve formed fantastic friendships to it, and I found love with it. So I guess it has shaped a lot of my life so far. 

What would your ideal vision for music and the arts be?

I’d like to think that the arts industry will benefit from this pandemic. It seems bleak at the minute to imagine that we will be playing music again with each other but it will happen. Perhaps this time the general public will realise how devastating the effects would be on mental health and the economy if we didn’t invest in the arts. There has been so much that has been taken for granted: going to art galleries, the theatre, gigs and even watching films in the cinema. All these things are nothing without music. We need a greater emphasis on arts education and how it is a valuable sector of the economy. We also need to try and stop putting people off a career in music, which can helped by improving the teaching of music in the curriculum. 

What are you looking forward to doing with Nevis in the future?

I am so buzzed to be travelling with Nevis soon and taking our music anywhere… even Antarctica (why not!?) It’ll be amazing to meet up the group again and just have a big laugh and cry like we always do. It’s something that has been missing from my diet!

Describe a typical day for you.

A typical day for me at the moment usually starts early as I like to head into university early to get a good amount of practice done. I’ll then hang around chatting with friends (even though I definitely should be doing something productive like university deadlines). Followed by lunch and then a run around the green parts of Manchester before I head to evening rehearsals. Finally I’ll come home, have a quick tea, play Mario Kart and drink gin! 

What are your top three bucket list items?

1) Definitely travel! I want to get away from the UK, at least for a few years. 

2) Get a job working in an opera pit. I love that kind of playing so much as I find it much easier to play music when I know it has a story to it. 

3) I will 100% be getting a dog, there is no way I am avoiding that. Probably a whippet or schnauzer called Boris… I’ve thought about this a lot! 

What is your favourite dessert and why?

I do really like sticky toffee pudding. Nigella Lawson has a proper naughty recipe for it so I’ll usually bake that and add some pecans to it in an attempt to be healthy. 

What is your favourite word and why?

Myriad is an excellent word. I must’ve used it about 50 times in my English literature exams at A Level just because I didn’t like any other synonyms for countless. 

What are your plans for the festive season?

My plans changed this time for Christmas, so I’ll be spending it with my parents and our two dogs. Lots of food and booze will be present. 

If you could swim in any liquid what would it be and why?

I’d probably swim in custard if it was warm, not scolding hot but bath water temperature. I could eat/slurp it up as I swam. I could even bring some sticky toffee pudding to swim with as well!