For this installment of The Score we decided to catch up with Jane Carwardine, our Principal Second Violin and long-standing member of the Orchestra.
Your CLS career to date
The world of music works in mysterious ways so I am not sure how I came to do my first date with CLS, but I recognised the warmth of the Orchestra very early on. After a few years I became a member of the first violin section and enjoyed the challenge but I now feel more at home leading the seconds, contributing more directly to the overall performance and sitting right at the heart of the Orchestra.
Your most memorable concert?
It was amazing performing Beethoven to an audience in China that was hearing it for the very first time. There was also a very memorable concert where certain members of the Orchestra suffered an acute attack of the giggles which was exacerbated by a cello string snapping and ending up around the player’s ear!!
One of the most moving performances for me was Benjamin Britten’s Death in Venice. This and their other collaborations are a fine testament to the musicianship of both Richard Hickox and Philip Langridge who are sadly no longer with us.
How do you relax away from CLS?
The most relaxing time for me in a day is taking the dog for a walk. I feel it keeps me in touch with the world as does reading The Week. As for hobbies, I occasionally do a bit of kayaking but don’t have time for much else. I was thrown off my allotment due to a large crop of brambles!
What would be your choices on Desert Island Discs?
I’d go for the tingle factor. A couple of pieces that get me every time I hear them is the opening of Bach’s St John’s Passion and the last few pages of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony.
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