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Speed Interview: Roger Montgomery

Tue Oct 23 2012

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The OAE’s Principal Horn player Roger Montgomery will be playing a bit of Mozart at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at our Night Shift this Thursday.  We put him up against the clock with our Speed Interview…

How did you get into music?
It was a very big part of home life. We played, sang and wrote music for as far back as I can remember.

When did you realize you wanted to make music your career?
I never really had a professional career moment in that way. I got the bug at about age 13 after my first senior orchestra course but like many other musicians, I suspect, I just kept playing and studying and much to my surprise one day found that I could do this all of the time and give up washing dishes for money.

What do you fear the most?
Sitting still…

Which mobile number do you call the most?
Mandy, my wife’s.

When you’re not busy practicing/performing, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Spare time?? Seriously though, I like outdoor pursuits. We have a couple of large energetic dogs which need walking and I also try to run and cycle as often as possible.

Who’s your musical hero?
Currently, I’d have to say Pussy Riot.

Do you have any pre-concert rituals?
No, nothing very set, but just trying to get on stage avoiding being flustered unnecessarily.

If you could choose to work in a different profession, what would it be and why?
At the moment I quite fancy bicycle repair…no schedules, quiet environment (I imagine, although I don’t really know anything about it).

What are you reading at the moment?
The Secret Race by Tyler Hamilton and Dan Coyle (dynamite!)

Who’s your favourite musician/band at the moment? (doesn’t have to be classical!)
I can’t remember the last time I actually managed to listen to a CD but I have a nostalgic yearning for Pink Floyd at the moment…Wish You Were Here era.

What’s the best thing about working with the OAE?
Being able to experiment and take risks in such a dynamic environment…

Why should people come to the Night Shift?
It presents the best of the programmes in a more informal way, especially suitable for those who are unfamiliar with the length and formality of classical concerts, but intrigued by the music.

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