Oboist Jenny Galloway will be appearing at our Summer Festival this year. We caught up with her to find out more.

Jenny Galloway, oboe

What is your favourite piece of music?
Hard to choose just one, but I really love listening to choral music, so it would have to be In Paradisum from the Faure Requiem, and The Bluebird by Stanford………I know that’s two!

What’s your favourite memory of GMF?
St John Passion in 2015.

Tell us a little known fact about you…
I nearly wasn’t a professional oboist- I had a place to study French at Hull University but had a last minute change of heart….

Any hobbies?
I have 2 labradors that need a lot of walking, so I really enjoy walking in the hills with them. I also recently acquired a large garden, so that’s keeping me busy!

What or who inspired you to become a musician?
I come from a musical family- my parents were both music teachers, so I was surrounded by music from birth- I guess that was my inspiration! My dad was an organist so we spent lots of time in the church on Sundays, and most weekends I was in Youth Orchestra rehearsals, so there was no escape from music…not to mention the organ music we endured on every car journey!

What are you most looking forward to about this year’s festival?
Playing Schubert 5.

What’s your career highlight so far?
REALLY difficult to answer this, as there are many! Touring is always fun- I’ve been to so many amazing places around the world that I wouldn’t have seen had I not played the oboe! Joining the BBC Philharmonic in 1993 whilst I was a student at the RNCM…it’s where it all started! Playing in the Carnegie Hall with the World Orchestra for Peace in 2012 was pretty special, and having a concerto written for me by Edward Gregson was a real honour.

Which orchestras or ensembles have you’ve played with?
I’ve been lucky to have played with many different orchestras across the UK, but it does involve a lot of travelling about. This year I’m doing less at the BBC Philharmonic, so I’m enjoying a bit of a rest from the hard work and travelling- and it’s given me the opportunity to do the Glossop Festival….I think I can just about cope with the commute from Chinley!

Funniest / most embarrassing moment in music?
Too many, the oboe is such a temperamental, malfunctioning instrument- I really wish someone had warned me!


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