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Not all audiences are the same: David and Chi-chi

Tue Jul 10 2012

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Here’s the latest instalment in our series of Orchestra / audience member interviews. This time, audience member David and OAE Principal Double Bass Chi-chi Nwanoku.

David

Audience member David

Tell us a bit about you, your work and hobbies.

I am a qualified solicitor and part-time bartender and member of the London Philharmonic Choir and Philharmonia Chorus.  Indeed, I have been fortunate enough to have sung in the chorus with theOAEfor performances Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (both inLondonandSpain) and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, truly incredible experiences.  This all keeps me pretty busy, but going to the gym, concerts, cinema, theatre and restaurants fills the rest of my time.

How did you hear about the Not all audiences are the same campaign?

I heard about the campaign on Facebook, and through friends.  I thought it would be fun to contribute as I’ve been a fan of the OAE for a long while.

Tell us about what you were wearing for the shoot.

I was wearing gym training gear, very casual, and relaxed.

How was the experience of doing the photoshoot?

The photoshoot was a lot of fun, especially because of the member of the orchestra I was with… she’s an amazing double bass player with a wicked sense of fun!

How would you describe the OAE to a friend?

The OAE play on “period” instruments. They sound unlike any other full orchestra you would hear today. The tonal quality and sound are both incredible. To hear them live is a wonderful experience.

If you came to an OAE concert recently tell us a little about it.

I went to an OAE concert recently which was an amazing mix of the 17th and 21st century musically. What captivated me was hearing a new composition played on instruments several hundred years old. Utterly unique!

If you could pick one concert to see in our 2012-2013 season which one would it be?

Haydn – The Creation.

What’s the most listened-to track at the moment on your ipod (classical or non classical)?

Rolling in the Deep  – Adele, and Rossini Stabat Mater.

 

Chi-chi Nwanoku

Chi-chi Nwanoku

Tell us a bit about you, your work with the OAE and your hobbies outside of it.

Outside of the OAE I continue to enjoy sports, keeping fit at the gym and watching football and athletics. I belong to a Book Club  in Richmond, made up of some of the most dynamic women I know! I wouldn’t swap my social life for anything, which also extends to entertaining at home.

How was the experience of doing the photoshoot?

Photoshoots with Eric are always pretty upbeat. What’s really great is that there aren’t too many pre-conceived poses waiting in store. Therefore what we come up with is usually a spontaneous and combined input.

Tell us about what you were wearing for the shoot.

For this particular shoot I was more or less in concert gear. With the exception of the funky studded boots Eric spotted lying on the floor. He asked me to put them on, and the generous owner (the make-up artist) was fair game.

How would you describe the OAE to a friend? How is it different to other orchestras you might play in or listen to?

I usually describe the OAE as something of an unpredictable chameleon of an orchestra. It morphs into different shapes and sizes according to our repertoire.

What’s been your favourite moment to date playing with the OAE?

I was beside myself with excitement when we toured Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique with Simon Rattle back in 2000.

If you could pick one concert to see in our 2012-2013 season which one would it be and why?

The concerts I’m really looking forward to are next January with Rattle. The last and possibly most famous three symphonies Mozart put pen to. They will possibly be our biggest challenge to date… particularly because they are our standard repertoire. Most people will know them, and therefore the challenge of making them sound fresh again is exciting.

What’s the most listened-to track at the moment on your ipod (classical or non classical)?

Currently I’m reliving our 1996 ‘live’ from Glyndebourne recording of Handel’s Theodora with William Christie conducting, starring the late and extraordinary Lorraine Hunt. Magical memories and nostalgia.

 

As ever we took a lot of pictures that didn’t end up being used, so here are some of the outtakes, plus the final picture that features in our brochure. All by Eric Richmond.

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