Pauline Vallance

Flute and hat

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

I held down responsible youth work jobs for many years and am now a singer/songwriter and clarsach player and loving it Strangest gig was possibly airport security at Brisbane Airport. I am also a keen runner and am going long these days. I am also definitely old enough to be most people’s mother, but have no intention of acting like it!

How did you first get into music?

My family were great music appreciators and played records and had singsongs round the piano. I joined choirs and had music lessons fairly early.

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

I felt it always was, some way or other, from bursting into symphonic excerpts at home and trying to guess them, to singing and playing in school concerts. Starting the flute would be one of those special moments and joining a top-rate and inspirational youth orchestra way back in the day. Learning the clarsach was another one and started me writing songs and going in another direction.

What has been your musical highlight so far?

Too many – Prokofiev’s 5th with the Glasgow Unitarian Youth Orchestra (way back), touring recently in Italy and Czech Republic with Glasgow Orchestral Society and in Germany with the St. James Orchestra, playing L’apres-midi d’un faune last May and playing Siegfried Act 2 yesterday..

Who are your favourite composers/artists/musicians?

Mahler, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Beethoven, some Wagner. Dylan, Springsteen and Karine Polwart as songwriters.

What do you anticipate for the Nevis Ensemble?

I anticipate pushing boundaries, creativity, fun, freshness and finding new avenues.