Alanah Procter

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your life. Not necessarily music-related!

I am an infectious diseases doctor in Manchester, I am currently taking some time out to study for a diploma of Tropical Medicine.  This starts in September and will be done in Antwerp.  I am spending August exploring and doing different things to normal life! Such as Nevis Ensemble!

How did you first get into music?

My parents tell me aged almost one I was very very into Queen at LiveAid, but I cannot verify that.  I do always remember music being playing in the house, radio, LPs and both parents playing instruments.  I think it would have been odd to not have pursued some kind of music playing.

What made you decide that music would be an important part of your life?

I don’t think I ever did! It just has been!

What has been your musical highlight so far?

Difficult to say, playing Mahler 2 was so much fun, but packing out a 6 thousand person tent after bring a band on to a stage that I built was pretty amazing too.

Who are your favourite composers/artists/musicians?

Too many to say, Mahler is always great, currently into Caroline Shaw and Anna Meredith. 

What do you anticipate for the Nevis Ensemble?

I am excited to be bringing music to places and people who don’t normally see orchestras; my brother lives in Stevenson and did not believe me when I said I was playing there.  Music is for all and classical music needs to shake some of it’s stuffy persona; getting out and bring the music to people is a way to help break these barriers.