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Five Minutes with: Louisa Tuck, Section Leader Cello with Northern Sinfonia

Posted on 27 June 2012

How did your very first audition go?
I applied for the Northern Sinfonia job then realised that it probably wouldn’t be wise to do my first ever audition for a principal job, so I applied for a tutti job with another orchestra, the audition was 2 days before my NS one!

When and where was the first time you performed with Northern Sinfonia?
The Creation, Leeds town hall. I had learnt it so well I think I could probably sing most of the chorus parts now!

Who or what inspires you as a musician?
Maestro Thomas Zehetmair without a doubt. Also, Bradley (Northern Sinfonia leader) has so much enthusiasm and love of music, it’s infectious!

What are the pros and cons of playing in a chamber orchestra as opposed to a symphony orchestra?
You can really hear everything in a chamber orchestra!

Is there a composer whose work you have never played but would like to?
Until this season I would have said Bruckner with a chamber orchestra….but that’s old news now!

How much time per week, is spent practising at home, rather than in Sinfonia rehearsals, & how does this fit in with your home life?
I practice at The Sage so when I am at home I can really ‘switch off’ but I usually practice about 2 or 3 hours a day on rehearsal days on top of ns rehearsals.

What’s on your iPod?
Everything from Earth, Wind & Fire to Birtwistle!

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