I love the versatility and dynamism of the saxophone. It can convey so many different emotions, just like the voice can, and one minute you can be making a hugely powerful, aggressive sound and the next you can be floating the sound Continue reading Jess Gillam, saxophonist
Who or what inspired you to take up you the piano and make it your career?
I didn’t really make it my career. It kind of chose me, after many years of vacillating between instruments and other musical discipline Continue reading Peter Donohoe, pianist
I heard a ‘cello being played on the radio (I can’t remember who was playing) when I was about 6, and just knew that was the instrument I had to play. I fully intended to just become an internationally famous concert ‘cellist (as you do!) but gradually composing took over. Continue reading Cheryl Frances-Hoad, composer
I’m proud (if that can be the word – delighted, happy?) when someone says to me that I can make the harpsichord sing. Continue reading Mahan Esfahani, harpsichordist
Who or what inspired you to take up the violin, and pursue a career in music? Playing or hearing music around me was such a normal occurrence when I was growing up. From an early age I was involved in … Continue reading Rachel Podger, violinist
Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and make it your career? My grandfather was a coal miner who loved music. He encouraged me to get involved. He and my mum talked music a lot, and I gradually … Continue reading James MacMillan, composer