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19 (ahem) questions for Sam Brown!

1.Do you have any secret talents?

Oh boy... nothing I'd call a secret talent, but I can remember an absurd amount of quotes.

2. What's your favourite film / series?

I don't actually watch TV – too busy living in the renaissance. But I love film and I'm a sucker for anything by Studio Ghibli.

3. What's your star sign and do you fit the description?

Apparently I'm on the cusp between Taurus and Aries – that means I should be a conflicted mess of fiery and earthy. I'd say that's about right!

4. Where in the world would you like to visit and why?

Everywhere! Maybe Nepal or India. I love going anywhere and sponging up different ways of being alive.

5. Which 3 people from past or present would be at your fantasy dinner party?

Franz Haydn, Alain de Botton, and 18th century belle Elizabeth Linley.

6. You have £100 to spend, all of your friends and family are busy, and you have the day to yourself. What do you do?

Well, I need some new socks...

7. Which Hogwarts house are you in?

Ravenclaw.

8. List your favourite composers!

Dowland, Schubert, Mozart, Purcell, Fats Waller.

9. Share one of your favourite memories from working with Fair Oriana so far.

So many! The high spot so far is our Vienna trip. And making everyone groan with terrible puns on long train journeys. (Love you guys.)

10. If you could spend a day in any time period, which would it be and why?

Athens about 400 BC – to meet Socrates, and see the paint still drying on the Parthenon.

11. Who are your major musical influences?

My teachers: Sasha Levtov, Lorenzo Micheli and Jakob Lindberg. And Eric Clapton.

12. Favourite thing to do in your spare time?

Coffee, with friends or a book.

13. Best thing about being a professional musician?

So many things... I love the travel and the people I work with. I work a lot with music students at uni or college, and coaching them might be my favourite thing in the world.

14. Worst thing about being a professional musician?

Train station sandwiches.

15. What's your favourite book?

Either The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin, or Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome. I think if you made a venn diagram of these two books, my whole personality would be in the middle.

16. If you had to swap instruments for a day, what would you play?

Lutes are very quiet, so probably organ. Or drumkit.

17. 3 words you associate with Fair Oriana?

Fun, glamorous, playful.

18. If you weren't a musician what would you like to do?

Psychotherapy.


19. Most embarrassing on stage moment?

Playing an entire solo recital with my fly down.


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