60 Seconds With…Dan Laurin

Dan Laurin, Recorder soloist has teamed up with Arte dei Suonatori for the Summer Festival this year to bring Spitalfields a programme that includes some of the finest works by Telemann and Vivaldi.
We cornered Dan for our weekly 60 Seconds With.. slot:

What’s the most played track from your MP3 player/CD collection?
Quite frankly no idea…! I’d hope for one of the contemporary concerti that I commissioned and recorded, but more likely it will be something from The Four Seasons or from another of my 30 CD productions….

Where’s your favourite place in London?
Tate Modern

What did you want to be when you grew up?
Recorder player – NOT astronaut.

What would you most like your audiences to take away from your performances?
A feeling of humanity, a tear in their eyes and a slice of Heaven.

What inspires you?
My wife, Radiohead, nature, food – and sailing.

What’s your favourite venue to perform in?
Sydney Opera House and Wigmore Hall

What do you like about working with Spitalfields Music?
Getting there at all!

What do you think your breakthrough moment was?
When my mother FINALLY agreed that my chosen path was the right one; I had then been on stage for more than 20 years already.

Do you have a favourite piece or repertoire to perform, if so what?
Vivaldi C minor concerto; Cyril Scott’s Aubade for recorder and piano

Who’s your favourite fictional hero?
Michael Kenneth Williams as ‘Omar’ in ‘The Wire’.

Who are your real-life heroes?
Prince, the One and Only!

Catch Dan Laurin & Arte dei Suonatori on Monday 13 June at Shoreditch Church (St Leonards)

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