Isaac Boothman

Tell us a little bit about yourself, your music-making, and your life.

I’m Isaac! I’m from West Yorkshire, and I started playing trumpet in brass and big bands, and then worked outwards from there. Since then I’ve ended up singing in places I probably shouldn’t be singing, composing, and organising excuses to make more music.

What are your five favourite things? (Foods, places, films, books…)

  • Pies
  • The North Yorkshire Moors
  • James Acaster’s Comedy shows
  • The His Dark Materials series
  • Tea, walks and chats with friends

How did you first get into music?

I got really jealous of another 5 year old who was playing the trumpet on the regional news – I couldn’t learn until I got my grown-up teeth, but that was the tipping point for me. I was then given a trumpet that didn’t work, and I was so bad that no-one noticed for a year; but it’s worked out alright so far.

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

Realising that: a) I enjoyed it, b) I was (relatively) good at it, c) I could make friends with it and d) have a job that might involve it in some way. It seemed like a good idea at the time…

What has been your Nevis Ensemble highlight so far?

I’m currently waiting for my first rehearsal, so it’ll have to be the acceptance e-mail!

What kind of music do you enjoy listening to?

Janelle Monáe to dance to. Anna Meredith to cook to. MIKA or Shostakovich for anything not otherwise covered.

How would you describe Nevis Ensemble to someone else?

Live music, travelling, bringing as much positive energy as you can squeeze into a hive of musicians.