Adopted by Mary Riddoch
What is your earliest musical memory?
I remember visiting my Mum's relations. They had a piano and I used to bash away at it. (I thought I was composing!) I was about 4 years old.
What is your favourite Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra recording?
My favourite CD is the 'Adagietto' CD we made with Libor in 1997. It's got lots of slushy oboe solos on it, which I got to play. I've a huge sentimental attachment to it for lots of reasons.
What is your most memorable moment with the Orchestra so far?
This is the hardest question. I don't know. I love the variety of my job. Playing as part of a Big Band in jazz concerts, chamber music...it's always a different challenge. I think the most memorable moments are when there's a huge orchestra on and that magical feeling of getting swept away by the sound. Fabulous.
What is on your CD/MP3/Spotify playlist right now?
I love listening to French singers like Edith Piaf and Charles Trenet. There's always a fabulous accordion solo and it transports me to a cafe somewhere in rural France drinking some of the local wine.