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Jeremy Bushell Music Matters posted 05 Oct 2018

Jeremy Bushell Music Matters

Jeremy Bushell, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra horn player, tells us about the five pieces of music, book and luxury he would take to a desert island.

Kate Bush
I grew up listening to her music and watching her dance on the tv and loved her originality and inventiveness, but her later albums, Red Shoes, Aerial and 50 Words for Snow are really my all-time favourite. She creates such original sounds, using lutes and viols in one song about her son Bertie, and creating wonderful pictures with some really beautiful lyrics, especially one song about a washing machine, that’s really about a bored middle-aged house wife! It’s amazing!

Ella Fitzgerald
Anything and everything. I could listen to her sing the phone book! 

Mahler – Symphony No 2 (or any of the other nine (including the 10th) oh and Das Lied von der Erde!
I quite like Mahler’s music.He writes fantastic horn parts, so his music is always a challenge, but satisfying to play. I once heard a story that Mahler was walking in the Alps with Richard Strauss, and when Strauss stopped to admire the view, Mahler turned to him and said, “you don’t need to look at that, I’ve already composed it”. Apart from being massively egotistical, when listening to Mahler’s music, I can’t help feeling that he didn’t do too bad a job at the attempt!

Britten – Peter Grimes
My dad got me into Britten’s music and he is now my favourite composer. Dad played me the pub scene where the people of the borough are hiding from the storm and sing a round. After that I was hooked and loved discovering all his other music. Thanks Dad!

Philip Glass
I love minimalist music, particularly the music of Philip Glass. Maybe my absolute favourite is Einstein on the Beach. I really feel so relaxed and absorbed in the music, enjoying the long phrases and the tiny details that make the music always changing and evolving. It’s fantastically hypnotic! I got very excited when I played in a performance of his seventh symphony at the Proms, but this was as nothing compared to how I felt when the man himself walked out onto the stage to do a quick Q&A session.

Favourite book:
My favourite is generally whatever I’m reading at the moment. I love fiction books that are really long and have huge storylines. I’ve just discovered Ken Follett’s Kingsbridge Trilogy. I’ve read the first two books and have to take a break between each one because I feel really sad to say goodbye to the characters! His books are really easy to read, and I find them pretty unputdownable!

Luxury item:
This one is easy. A squash court (with rackets, balls and shoes in!), as I love playing squash and am pretty obsessive about it. I travel about the country going to tournaments whenever I can, and have a
great respect for the work and skill of professional squash players. I get squash lessons at my club and would have plenty to practise on my own.

Book for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at Leeds Town Hall on Saturday 6 October.

View the Leeds International Orchestral Season 2018/19 brochure online. 

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