Ashley Frampton

Double Bass

Adopted by anonymous patron

Ashley Frampton plays Double Bass number three position in the Orchestra, as well as taking the role of Team Captain for Liverpool Philharmonic's cricket team. He joined the Orchestra in 1991.

What is your earliest musical memory?

Taking part in a performance of Iolanthe by Gilbert & Sullivan at the Llandaff Technical college in Cardiff, my father was the Lord Chancellor and I was his page boy age 4 (I still have the pictures). I have loved Gilbert and Sullivan ever since and even spent three wonderful years in the D'Oyly Carte Opera company.

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be?

A TV weatherman, I loved all aspects of geography as a student and to be in front of a map telling people their barbecues are off or the cricket is cancelled due to heavy rain would be my idea of a job well done.

What’s on your CD/MP3/Spotify playlist right now?

I have so many that I have to list:
1. The Mikado, the immortal 1972 recording with the D'Oyly Carte
2. Puccini - Messa di Gloria
3. Messiaen - St Francis of Assisi
4. Richard Strauss - Metamorphosen/Four last songs
5. Elvis Costello - 'My aim is true'
6. Philip Glass - 'Akhnaten'
7. Mike Oldfield - 'Ommadawn'

What is your favourite Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra recording?

Very hard to choose, I like nearly all the ones we have done but three stick in the mind:
1. Pesek/Ein - Heldenleben
2. Altricher - Church Windows - Dances of Galanta
3. Sullivan - Irish Symphony - Pineapple Poll

What is your most memorable moment with the Orchestra so far?

Standing up to sing a solo in the come and sing HMS Pinafore (For he is an Englishman). Having to play the solo in Lieutenant Kijé at 10 minutes notice (served me right for not reading the schedule). Also playing Also Sprach Zarathustra at the Musikverein in Vienna.

Outside of music what are your passions and interests?

Play cricket, more cricket, a bit of football, squash and arrange bass quartets. But nothing beats the smell of grass and the sound of leather on willow!

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