Meet Kyra Humphreys, the Royal Northern Sinfonia's Co-Leader, Violin; Ahead of the orchestra's new classical season at Sage Gateshead, we meet Kyra Humphreys Co-Leader, Violin, for the Royal Northern Sinfonia.
Byline: Sarah Jeffery
Members of Royal Northern Sinfonia are looking forward to an exciting new classical season, starting at Sage Gateshead on Friday, September 18 under new music director Lars Vogt.
The orchestra's repertoire includes classical music and new commissions. Ahead of its new classical season, we meet the members of the orchestra to find out more about them.
1) Why did you choose your particular instrument?
My mum and dad are both professional violinists and my mum handed it to me when I was six. My brother got to play cello, however.
2) How old were you when you started having lessons?
Six, or six and a half. I was taught by Sheila Nelson who is very well known as a violin teacher. She had about 70 pupils and we'd play chamber music together every week until I left school. That was the best bit.
3) If not a professional musician, what else would you like to be and why?
I didn't want to be a professional musician until I was 20. Before that I did a maths degree and considered going into law.
4) What - if anything - makes Royal Northern Sinfonia special?
The unified music making. We know each other extremely well and that comes through.
5) What do you like about the North East?
So many things -- the countryside, the coast. Newcastle is a small enough city to be friendly and easy to get around while being big enough to have a lot going on.
6) Do you have a favourite restaurant or pub?
Wheelbirks Ice Cream Parlour in Stocksfield. Or Archer's Ice Cream Parlour in Jesmond. I love ice cream. And Cafe 1901 in Jesmond is lovely.
7) What should we look out for in Royal Northern Sinfonia's new season?
There are a lot of really interesting juxtapositions in the concerts we're doing. By putting different composers side by side you get very interesting reflections on each piece.
8) Do you have a favourite pop song?
It's got to be Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.
9) What do you best like to do away from music?
I like fell walking and I love boogie-boarding at the coast.
10) Which classical composer has - or had - the X Factor?
It's so difficult to choose just one. For me, it's so close between Mozart and Schubert. Both have such a mix of joy and sadness in their music.
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|Publication:||The Chronicle (Newscastle upon Tyne, England)|
|Date:||Aug 28, 2015|
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