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Our Conductor - Jeff Rimmer

Jeff Rimmer - Conductor

Jeff Rimmer - Conductor
Instrument - Baton !

Joined Orchestra - September 2009

An except from Frank's Flute Sonata

A little bit about me.............................

I have worked in the Finance Sector for over 30 years and I now run my own company as an Asset Finance Broker. Music has always been important to me and as my father was a renowned church organist there was always music playing or being played in the house.

From an early age I took up the piano and at school I learned to play the recorder before moving on to the violin in secondary school. At the age of 14 I got the opportunity to try the flute and from that day on I was completely hooked! The flute and classical music became my main focus and every available minute was spent listening to music or playing. I was fortunate enough to win a scholarship for lessons with Colin Chambers who was Principal Flute with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and within a couple of years I had passed my Grade 8 and been accepted into the Merseyside Youth Orchestra. This was a dream come true and I spent 5 fabulous years playing with brilliant musicians, soloists and conductors .

Maybe playing for such great conductors influenced me to eventually take up the baton. I have always been fascinated by conducting and have been mesmerised by the various styles and techniques. I am very grateful to Southport Orchestra for allowing me to fulfil yet another dream as their resident conductor.

What do you like to do to relax?
I like to watch football, I am a lifelong Liverpool fan and a season ticket holder at Anfield. It is a nice way to relax with friends and take part in healthy banter with a sport that divides opinion.

What is the most daring thing you have done?
A few years ago I took part in the '3 Peaks Challenge' with very little thought or preparation. It was probably one of the toughest things I have done but in the end it was one of the most rewarding. I spend a lot my spare time at weekends walking in the Lake District.

Who is your favourite composer?
This has to be Rachmaninov. I am a sucker for romantic music and Rachmaninov ticks all of the boxes. His 3rd Piano Concerto and 3rd Symphony are my favourite pieces.

Which person living or dead would you like to have dinner with?
That's a tough one but probably Sir James Galway or Sir Simon Rattle. They are both legends at the top of their industry but I doubt I would get a word in edgeways with either of them!

If you could play a different instrument, which one would it be?
As a failed violinist I have the upmost respect for string players. It would have to be the Cello with its warm rich tone and versatility. It adds colour and depth to the orchestral tone and is exquisite when let loose on a melodic passage.

Do you have any burning ambitions?
Yes, to make sure I don't die with the music still inside me!