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Roy Goodman: Speed Interview

Tue Apr 26 2011

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Roy GoodmanIn just over a week’s time we have our next concert at Southbank Centre, May the fours be with you. We know the concert title has been a bit of a marmite-like subject, you either love it or hate it – but it just references all the fours – 4th May, Mozart Symphony 40, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4, Schubert Symphony No. 4…

Anyhow, for this concert (and the Night Shift that follows) we’re joined by conductor Roy Goodman, for whom this is a bit of a special moment – returning to the OAE as conductor, after having been a player member of the OAE in our early days back in the 80’s. Here’s his Speed Interview. You can also catch the concert in Bristol this Thursday, 28 April.

What/when was your big breakthrough?
Boy soloist for Decca Records in Allegri’s Miserere as a chorister in King’s College Choir 1963.

What do you fear the most?
Divorce and overdrafts.

 Which mobile number do you call the most?
Jane, my Kiwi girlfriend in Auckland, New Zealand.

What – or where – is perfection?
A full moon whilst sailing my boat in the Western Isles of Scotland.

Who is your favourite hero from fiction (book/comic/film/opera) – and why?
Count Laszlo Almasy (Ralph Fiennes) as The English Patient (film- 1996) because he means well, tries hard, and yet suffers the most heart-breaking consequences.

What’s your favourite ritual?
A hot-tub and Earl Grey tea in the morning.

Which living person do you most admire (and why)?
Sir David Attenborough – for opening my heart and soul to the wonders of this world.

What other talent or skill would you like to possess?
To be an accomplished Jazz pianist.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Honesty & tolerance, and trying to keep healthy.

What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?
Ben Webster (tenor sax) plays Ballads.

What’s the best thing about working with the OAE?
Happy memories of my ‘purple-patch’ days as OAE concertmaster from 1987 with Sir Charles Mackerras, Simon Rattle, Iván Fischer & Frans Brüggen.

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