TEN QUESTIONS WITH TOBY THATCHER
1. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I have a fairly comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of world football.
2. What is your most treasured possession?
I’m not entirely convinced I have one. Thinking of this, a few things came to mind. A watch that belonged to my grandfather, a drawing by my dad, my score collection (obviously, a life-line), the manuscript of the two novels I am currently constructing.
3. What is the best advice you've been given?
Anything my girlfriend says.
4. What is your favourite colour?
Used to be orange, now I’m not convinced I have one. Black (I know, not a colour), navy, or teal if pushed.
Making music, exploring life with my partner, excessive amounts of champagne.
6. What is one of your favourite quotes?
"All men are cremated equal” - Spike Milligan
7. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
8. What is your greatest indulgence?
At this point, probably travel.
The hardest of all questions, and that’s even putting aside the issue of “inspirations” vs “heroes”. I have so many, for so many reasons. In terms of conductors, three that spring to mind are Leonard Bernstein, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Claudio Abbado (brilliant musicians, not afraid to disturb traditions in their pursuit of musical truth and honesty, and in Abbado’s case the ultimate conducting entrepreneur and ensemble-creator). Peter Ustinov as a man of ultimate variety and brilliance. Peter Cook and Spike Milligan for their wit and madness. Stephen Fry for finally unlocking the door to my curiosity, determination and ambition. Galileo for his tireless fight for progress against regressive thought. There are people aplenty who would make the list for human rights achievements, personal braveries and seminal brilliance, but I think that might be taking the question a little too far…
10. What’s the piece most frequently played on your iPod?
There simply isn’t one. I actually use Spotify, so my library is near-infinite, and I make use of this by constantly exploring new music. Various recordings of repertoire that I am currently learning is the norm.