10 Minutes with…….. Myles Taylor
Principal Trumpet ESO and Consultant Obstetrician at the RD&E.
Myles will be playing trumpet in the duet - Trumpet Tune & Air by Henry Purcell in The Waterloo Concert for the ABF The Soldiers Charity in Exeter Cathedral on the 20th June 2015
ESO: Why the trumpet?
MT: My first instrument was the violin but my mum bought a second hand trumpet in a sale when I was about 11 so playing the trumpet happened by chance rather than by design.
ESO: If you could choose to be doing anything right now what would it be?
MT: Walking in the Lake District.
ESO: The piece of music that touches your soul?
MT: Mahler 2, Resurrection Symphony.
ESO: The temptation you wish you could resist?
MT: Chocolate – at the moment it’s Millionaires Shortbread mainly because I’m the only one in the family that likes it, so more for me!
ESO: Who has the best rehearsal banter?
MT: Mark Perry (also known as Mary) the Assistant Conductor. He’s extremely quick witted and very funny.
ESO: The film you could watch time and time again?
MT: The Sound of Music, I must have watched it at least 30 times.
ESO: If I came round for dinner what would you cook for me?
MT: Roast beef or beef bourguignon although I’ve recently done a curry course at the Ashburton School of Cookery so it would probably be a curry with my homemade naan bread.
ESO: If you could duet with a famous singer or musician who would it be?
MT: Alison Balsom (of course)!
ESO: Messy or neat freak?
MT: Messy, in that I can work pretty much anywhere and my workspace/desk is always untidy.
ESO: Describe the best day of your life.
MT: My wedding day at Worcester College, Oxford. The perfect day and of course it included some beautiful music.
ESO: Where would you ‘time travel’ to?
MT: Either the 1st or 2nd World War, it fascinates me and I would like to find out and understand more about both.
ESO: How many hours do you practice each week?
MT: Including rehearsals for ESO and The Stan Hacking Concert Band I probably play/practice about 7 hours each week.
ESO: What is your tech essential?
MT: Undoubtedly my iPhone.
ESO: What’s your perfect Sunday?
MT: Coffee and a cooked breakfast, a game of golf with my son followed by a roast lunch with plenty of red wine, a little siesta and to round of the day an episode of ‘Call the Midwife’.
ESO: What would you call your autobiography?
MT: ‘Blowing my own Trumpet’!