Player Perspectives

#6: Ben Reeve

Following our fabulously well-attended concert in March, Principal Trumpet Ben Reeve, relives his studious past and looks forward to his wife taking centre stage at our next concert. Every so often SELO throws up a ‘blast from the (my) past’ – whether it be a re-acquaintance with, for example, an old brass teacher (who’s now … Read more

#5: Catherine Smale

On the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, our resident oboist Catherine Smale reflects on the our recent performance of the fabulous music of Ethel Smyth and the representation of female composers in classical concerts. “I feel I must fight for my music, because I want women to turn their minds to big and difficult jobs; … Read more

#4: Nathaniel Rodwell

We continue our series of player perspectives with a view from the brass section. Nat Rodwell reflects on not just our last concert of the season, but his last ever concert as a trumpet player… So there we have it: a fitting finale to SELO’s sixth season and to life as a trumpeter.  I’ve thoroughly … Read more

#3: Richard Thorn

Stalwart of the cello section, Richard Thorn, gives us his unashamedly frank assessment of Beckenham, SELO and our recent concert… The first thing I’m going to write is “apologies for the lack of a professional headshot”. As I was finishing this, it occurred to me that I didn’t have any kind of close-up photo with … Read more

#2: Jennifer Raven

The second of our player perspectives sees one of our fabulous flautists, Jennifer Raven, ruminate on the delights of tackling unusual repertoire and the perils of the late afternoon sun. March 2018 What a programme! One of SELO’s greatest strengths is its determination to play big, challenging repertoire. With lesser-known works like Martinu’s 1st Symphony, we … Read more

#1: Charlotte Woolley

In the first of a series of blogs from different members of the orchestra, Charlotte Woolley gives us some insight into what it was like to emerge from the back row and take centre stage as the soloist in our most recent concert (Sunday 3rd December, 2017). I was extraordinarily lucky to be a soloist … Read more