Clarinetist Rosa Campos Fernandez will be appearing at our Summer Festival this year. We caught up with her to find out more.

Rosa Campos Fernandez, clarinet

What is your favourite piece of music?
This is an impossible question to answer! It might be easier to answer if the question was “your least favourite “as the list is much shorter…but if I really must choose, I will go for Mozart’s Requiem. There aren’t many other pieces that affect me in quite the same way.

What’s your favourite memory of GMF?
I played Horovitz’s Sonata with Ben Powell in an afternoon concert and the audience was very closed physically. They were so warming! I had a lovely buzzing feeling that evening.

Tell us a little known fact about you…
I am now a qualified Psychotherapist and I intend to do this alongside playing the Clarinet if I can make it work…

Any hobbies?
Travelling, although since having kids that has become a little more difficult!

What or who inspired you to become a musician?
My dad used to take me to watch Wind Bands playing outdoor on a Sunday morning. I was mesmerised by the sound of the clarinet and once I got to play one, I decided that was how I wanted to make my living.

What are you most looking forward to about this year’s festival?
Hard to choose again, but I really look forward to taking my two kids to the family concert on Saturday 18th. I think it’s going to be a memorable one.

What’s your career highlight so far?
I did a tour of Southeast Asia with a small Spanish Chamber Orchestra. It was an incredible opportunity to get to know those places through music. The most surreal memory I have is playing arrangements of Spanish music with a Spanish male singer during a private concert for the Sultan of Brunei. They absolutely loved it and they started to dance in the middle of the performance.

You can find out more about our Summer Festival by visiting our website, or buy tickets now from Ticketsource.