Tell us a little bit about yourself and your life. Not necessarily music-related!
I am 21 and currently I am studying music in Amsterdam, I have been there for a year and I absolutely love the city. I love to explore the city on my bike, getting caught up in the hustle and bustle and seeing where I end up!
How did you first get into music?
I started playing the piano when I was about eight however I wasn’t very keen because I couldn’t master the coordination! Playing the oboe came four years later, I was really drawn to the sound.
What made you decide that music would be an important part of your life?
I think I knew that whatever I did, music would be an important part, primarily because of the enjoyment I have out of playing. For me music is my outlet where I can be expressive and also de-stress.
What has been your musical highlight so far?
My biggest highlight so far was when I was fourteen, my youth orchestra (Wessex Youth Orchestra) were invited to play in the Music for Youth Schools Prom at the Royal Albert Hall. I particularly remember after the encore of Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance turning to round to the other oboists and finding that we were all crying! It was such an amazing surreal moment!
Who are your favourite composers/artists/musicians?
Ravel, Stravinsky, Strauss, Vaughan-Williams, Debussy, Beethoven, Hindemith, Blues Brothers, My Chemical Romance, The Fratellis, Clean Bandit, Aretha Franklin, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
What do you anticipate for the Nevis Ensemble?
From having the opportunity to play with the Ricciotti Ensemble I was overwhelmed by the response from the audiences. I realised that it is not important to play perfectly, what is more important is to evoke a reaction in the listeners, be it excitement, intrigue or contemplation. I am also interested to visit Scotland because my ancestors were Scottish.