Tell us a little bit about yourself and your life. Not necessarily music-related!
Hi, I’m Chloe! I’m 21, I come from Norwich, and I have just finished my second year of a Music degree at the University of Birmingham. I am a first-study oboist but LOVE playing cor anglais because of its rich chocolatey sound. When I’m not studying/practising/making reeds, I enjoy spending time outdoors, going to jazz nights in pubs, and doing jigsaw puzzles when it’s raining outside.
How did you first get into music?
My mum is a peripatetic violin teacher, so she started me off on the violin when I was 3 or 4 (I can’t even remember my first music lesson!). When our artistic judgements started to clash (when I was about 8), I decided to escape to the cello to avoid being taught by her! It was while I was playing cello in my local orchestra that I heard the oboe and wanted to play it!
What made you decide that music would be an important part of your life?
Being a part of a very musical family, I think the decision was made for me before I was even born! But aside from that, the first time I was really inspired to take music further was when I was 16 and my cousin came to Norwich with the Philharmonia Orchestra and managed to bag me a comp ticket. I had never heard a professional orchestra before and I just remember trying to absorb every second of Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony into my memory- I didn’t want it to end!
What has been your musical highlight so far?
This is a hard one, but I think it has got to be playing Sibelius 5 in Novi Sad, Serbia with the Triorca project. The orchestra is made up of musicians from the twinned cities of Norwich, Koblenz and Novi Sad and the conductor was Nick Daniel, who is one of the world’s leading oboists, which was particularly exciting for me. At the end of the week, the concert felt like a culmination of everything we had learned from each other and the friendships we had made; the performance was very emotional!
Who are your favourite composers/artists/musicians?
I love a bit of Dvorak/Ravel/Britten/Stevie Wonder …
What do you anticipate for the Nevis Ensemble?
… midges! But I am really excited about how many communities we will be visiting in such a short space of time, sharing high quality live music with as wide an audience as possible!