For our next instalment of The Score we thought we’d catch up with our newest principal player Fiona Bonds, who has just been appointed Principal Viola.
Your CLS career to date
Steve Tees who was CLS’ principal viola, rang me in 2008 and asked me if I’d like to come in as the orchestra were looking for a No.2. Having always loved working with Steve and enjoyed playing guest principal with the orchestra on previous occasions, I jumped at the chance. When Steve announced he was leaving it seemed the natural thing to ask to be considered as principal. During my trial period I very much enjoyed the friendly, welcoming atmosphere in the orchestra and some great music making, so was thrilled to be appointed.
Your most memorable concert?
I have mostly specialised in chamber music and chamber orchestras, since for me personally the buzz I get from communicating with my fellow musicians in this way can’t be beaten. Having said that, I have also enjoyed working on many film and TV commercial sessions and have most recently been touring with Peter Gabriel which has been wonderful. I love my work and feel very lucky to be doing what I’m doing.
How do you relax away from CLS?
When off the concert platform, my main priority is to spend as much time with my family as possible, as my job inevitably involves time away. I love to go running both at home and while I’m on tour as I love the time it gives me to think and it’s a great stress-reliever. Lots of musicians seem to be getting into it now, as it counteracts the more sedentary nature of our work – there’s a lot of sitting involved!
What would be your choices on Desert island Discs?
Ravel’s String Quartet, Faure’s Requiem, Mozart’s G minor Viola Quintet and any of the string quartets, Beethoven’s Symphony No 7, Mozart’s Piano Concertos, any of them…plus any number of the tracks from Peter Gabriel’s Scratch My Back album. That’s off the top of my head, there’s really too many to choose!
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