Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sarah Willis: Take 2

The extraordinary Sarah Willis
Sarah Willis was born in Bethesda, Maryland, but explains that she grew up in a number of different places. Eventually her roots went down in the UK and she adopted the Queen's English of her mother. Her father was a journalist for the Christian Science Monitor and then the BBC. Surely this is one of the reasons she is such a good interview subject. In this extended interview, Sarah speaks of her rise to the Berlin Philharmonic and of her role as the first woman to ever win a position in the Berlin Philharmonic brass section. "I may be the first, but I will definitely not be the last."

Sarah also speaks of the importance of chamber music and the joy of presenting music to young listeners. She recently hosted a Christmas concert by the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic, exuding a confidence and charm which will surely have these children remembering this experience as they grow older.

The horn section which plays together plays together. 
And then there's a puckish sense of humor which seems to infect not only Sarah, but also her colleagues in the horn section. You'll find ample evidence within this extended interview with the refreshing Sarah Willis. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed producing it.
-James Baker

Listen here

Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall.

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