Molly Edwards

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

Hello! I’m Molly, a 19 year-old from Derbyshire. I now study music at the RNCM and enjoy playing and transcribing jazz and classical music. I enjoy climbing, cycling and walking in the hills. I also enjoy cooking and baking foods from pizza to full lamb roasts.

How did you first get into music?

I would listen to music with my dad in the car… mostly rock groups like System of the Down and The Darkness. This somehow led me to discover classical music as a nice contrast to the heaviness of rock. My friend inspired me to take up an instrument as she made it sound fun and cool… unfortunately I wanted to play the trombone but was given a French horn by mistake. This turned out to be a very wonderful mistake 5 years down the line!

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

It was only when I got to my sixth form- an amazing music department run by a truly admirable man- that I decided to be serious about music. He made me believe that I was a good musician and that it’s a gift to be naturally musical. He pushed me into situations that I would be nervous about but later I would love the buzz and the feel I get from playing to audiences of all sorts. This feeling I got was what made me realise that this was the life I wanted to live- full of Music.

What has been your musical highlight so far?

Playing with Markus Stockhausen in the RNCM session orchestra and The Bridgewater Symphony Orchestra Concert.

Who are your favourite composers/artists/musicians?

Marius Neset- jazz fusion saxophonist, and composers Maurice Ravel, Shostakovich, Debussy, Stefan Dohr Frøydis Ree Wekre

What do you anticipate for the Nevis Ensemble?

A lot excitement and a full schedule. I reckon there will never be a dull moment! I love how it could potentially be open to a lot of spontaneity!