Ahead of the opening of the Prince George Plaza, Playford News talks with Clarinettist, Darren Skelton, on what crowds can expect from the FREE Adelaide Symphony Orchestra performance.
Q: How did you become involved in the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO)?
A [Darren]: I was invited to come play casually on several occasions and it stemmed from there. Eventually, I went away and studied and came back when the position was vacated by the previous clarinettist of the chair I now hold.
Q: What does it mean to you to be a member of the ASO?
A: It means a lot because if you can imagine 75 musicians working towards one goal in a performance, it’s an exhilarating thing when it all comes together.
Q: Why did you pursue a career in music?
A: Music has always been the backdrop to my life and not just classical music, in actual fact it was really a love of pop music and jazz to begin with, but as I started studying the clarinet in more detail that’s when the world of classical music came to the fore and it was just a natural progression.
Q: What can the audience expect from the upcoming performance?
A: If I had to sum it up in one word would be energy. It is a youthful orchestra and the pieces are quite vibrant and lively, and we are also featuring on the topic of youth our principal trumpet player playing the Hummel Trumpet Concerto, Owen Morris, who I believe is the youngest principal trumpet player in the country. So youth and energy, I think is what we will bring to the concert.
Q: What is your favourite piece to perform?
A: The Hebrides Overture is quite famous; it’s been used as the backdrop to many films. It is probably my personal favourite piece on the program. It’s uncanny how it can take you to what you might imagine the Hebrides Islands; it’s got that ability to make the foreboding sea crashing on the coast, up very cold and majestic.
Come join us on Friday 6 October from 6.30pm at the Prince George Plaza, Playford Boulevard, for its official opening.