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Liz Spensley

Liz Spensley

Liz Spensley

Instrument - Violin

Joined Orchestra - 10 years ago

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

As well as playing as many notes as possible in the Southport Orchestra, I play a few bars at the back of the 2nd Violins in the orchestra of Ormskirk Music Society. However, the number of notes played bears no correlation to delights derived from simply being there and playing what one can. Both bands are very friendly and encouraging to enthusiasts like myself, and politely overlook the absence of semiquavers in the faster passages - for which I am truly grateful.

I love being part of any orchestra playing major works in the classical canon from Bach and Handel onwards: this music reaches those parts of the soul which other genres / musical experiences can only dream of and sitting in the midst of it all as it falls about your ears is one of life's great pleasures.

I also enjoy playing the recorder, particularly Renaissance & Baroque part-pieces, for example by Byrd, Purcell & Telemann.

Favourite composer: Beethoven

Favourite works:

Beethoven: 5th,6th ,7th & 9th Symphonies; Choral Fantasia; 4th Piano Concerto; Violin Concerto
Mozart: Requiem
J S Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin

Other main interest: fell and mountain walking, especially in the Lake District, Snowdonia and the Scottish Highlands.

Best-ever mountain experiences: Snowdonia: Tryfan & Bristly Ridge; Scotland: An Teallach, Suilven and Bidean nam Bian.

Most prized radio station: Radio 3, obviously.

All-time favourite cheese: Wensleydale made in the Hawes creamery, a subtly-flavoured cheese like no other.

And finally:
The two things that would improve the quality of my life:

1 ) The ability to play the exposed Violin 2 rumblings at the start of The Storm section in Beethoven's Pastoral not to mention the crashing arpeggio semi-quavers at its height.

2) The courage to embrace the Aonach Eagach in Glen Coe

The most important lessons that life has taught me? Carpe diem. And practise.