On what makes working with Sinfonia Viva special...
It is always very rewarding to work with Viva. They were the second ever professional orchestra to engage me as soloist (in 1996) and I have returned on several occasions now. The pattern of work at the ensemble has always inspired me as each project has a number of strands to it, not merely a turn-up-and-play situation. The educational element, including the audience development programme through talks and introductions etc are all very fine things, and integral to the work at Viva. This is all highly innovative and conscientious, and rewarding to be part of.
Artistically, the group responds well to aiming for an adventurously high a level, and each musician is keen to co-operate and be part of the rehearsals and preparations. The concerts present the chance to play in some unusual venues too, and are exciting and vital to be part of.