Meet the Musicians | Gabriela Jaros

Nevis Ensemble Marketing and PR Assistant, Isaac Boothman chats with Nevis flautist, Gabriela Jaros.

How did you end up in Nevis Ensemble? 

It was only few months after I first came to Scotland and I was looking for orchestral auditions here. I found Nevis and decided to apply! It was before the very first tour so I didn’t have any idea what to expect so I probably went really pale when I had to play a graphic score during the audition! 

Do you have a particular favourite Nevis memory?

I love them all! But if I had to pick (and it’s not possible to choose only one!), my first Nevis ceilidh after our Unity Day Tour, and our very first performance as an orchestra in Garelochhead Village Hall are particularly memorable for me, where after the concerts we had time to talk to the audience.

It was so difficult for me at first to leave my comfort zone on the stage, because I’m actually quite a shy person, especially as a non-native English speaker, but I learnt that the most important attributes in Nevis are smiling and making good music! Another very memorable moment was our performance in a primary school in Oban. I loved the children’s enthusiasm. I also love those long rides in the bus after coming back from the last performance of the day – everyone is always so tired but so happy! 

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

I’ve met so many inspirational people. Every musician has something I want to learn from them and I feel I have become much more open-minded; especially during my last few years in Scotland. I want to learn more and more, not only things related to music but also how to be better person. 

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

I’d like music to be accessible for everyone, everywhere. I hope that every child can get a chance to learn to play an instrument and hear live music from a young age. 

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

I would love to visit more places and bring live orchestral music to more people and audiences who have never heard a live orchestra play before. 

Describe a typical day for you. 

My typical day has dramatically changed since the pandemic started. I used to be an early bird, but now I’m definitely a night owl! I love having a lazy breakfast, that’s definitely the most important meal for me! It prepares me to kick start the day. After practise, rehearsals and my other music studies I like to settle down with a book or watch a movie. 

What items are you never without? 

1) My flute,
2) A bottle of water
3) (Unfortunately) my phone… !

What is your favourite dessert and why? 

I can’t resist a French pastry! Any kind at any time, but especially for breakfast. I’m not a star baker but I would also definitely recommend my banana muffins! 

What is your favourite word and why? 

I over use the word “actually” with my funny Polish accent. I just can’t help that it works in almost every single sentence in English language…. 

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

Mulled wine! Especially during Scottish winters! Or perhaps coffee, that’s definitely what I need every morning.