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Not all audiences are the same: Hannah and Pascha

Tue Oct 2 2012

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Next in our audience/OAE player interview series, we talk to audience member Pascha and OAE Experience Trumpet player Hannah Bishop about their experience of the Season Brochure photoshoot.

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Tell us a bit about you, how you came to work with the OAE and your hobbies outside of it.
I’m currently on the Ann and Peter Law OAE Experience Scheme, which is a fantastic opportunity for young players to sit-in and play side-by-side with the members of the Orchestra during rehearsals. I’ve recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and am now working as a freelance trumpeter on both modern and baroque/classical trumpets. Aside from music, I am a keen amateur photographer and enjoy being in the countryside.

How was the experience of doing the photoshoot?
The photoshoot was at the end of my first day on the scheme so it all felt a bit surreal!

Tell us about what you were wearing for the shoot.
One of my regular concert outfits, black top and trousers.

How would you describe the OAE to a friend? How is it different to other orchestras you might play in or listen to?
Having spent time in rehearsals and going to a lot of concerts, the main thing that stands out to me is the energy that you can feel from the players when the Orchestra plays. They play in such a way that you’d think they’d never heard or played Bach/Mozart/Beethoven before, it’s always so exciting to witness.

If you could pick one concert to see in our 2012-2013 season which one would it be and why?
A Saint, A Priest and a Great Bear in November.
Simply because Zadok is one of my absolute favourite pieces of music (and really fun to play also!)

What’s the most listened-to track at the moment on your ipod (classical or non classical)?
…probably a Stevie Wonder track! I love him.

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Tell us a bit about you, your work and hobbies.
When I’m not breathing a new life into a vintage motorbike, or smashing up a drum kit on stage with my band, or recreating a sauce I memorised the quirky taste of while trekking across Vietnam… you can probably find me designing my next experiment in my laboratory.

How did you hear about the ‘OAE and me’ campaign?
I was approached at an OAE concert. They told me I had a ‘strong look’, so I couldn’t refuse getting involved.

Tell us about what you were wearing for the shoot.
I got this awesome pair of dungaree jeans, the straps of which hang all over the place. I matched those with my favourite lime green jacket, remaining fully in tune with my colourful taste. It was a no-brainer!

How would you describe the OAE to a friend?
They are a seriously professional bunch of musicians with a youthful and relaxed attitude to performance. You never know what they’ll do next, but rest assured it will involve them playing the most organic versions of some less well-known Renaissance masterpieces.

How would you say the OAE is different to other Orchestras?
They insist on using instruments as contemporary to the time the music they play was written as possible. This gives their sound a kind of warmth and rawness that is so unique these days. It’s the difference between listening to Dark Side of the Moon through a yesteryear valve amp versus a digitally remastered, compressed mp3 version on your iPod.

If you came to an OAE concert recently tell us a little about it.
I’ve been finishing off my PhD thesis these last few months, so unfortunately I missed some amazing OAE shows this past summer. The last time I saw them was when Sir Simon Rattle was conducting a very typical OAE version of Debussy’s La Mer. It was mesmerising!

If you could pick one concert to see in our 2012-2013 season which one would it be and why?
The Sir Roger Norrington concert on 30 September.  Why? Because it marks the beginning of a new chapter in the life of the Orchestra, concomitant with a new chapter in my career. I look forward to the entire series, however.

What’s the most listened-to track at the moment on your iPod (classical or non classical)?
I listen to albums whole, probably because (like symphonies) the music I particularly like progresses seamlessly from track to track. Can you imagine going to see a symphony and only staying for the adagio? This said, it has to be Amputecture by The Mars Volta.

Here’s a selection of the pictures that didn’t get into the final brochure. All pictures by Eric Richmond.

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