This year’s Summer Festival sees the world premiere of Who is My Neighbour? an east meets west collaboration between Britain’s Fifth Quadrant and Palestine’s Dal’Ouna. We’ve managed to grab 60 seconds with Fifth Quadrant’s Simon Hewitt Jones to find out a little bit more about him…
What’s the most played track from your MP3 player/CD collection?
An appalling piece of 80s’ pop that I use to get up in the morning! The most played Classical track? Beethoven’s Grosse Fugue.
Where’s your favourite place in London?
I love the area around Green Park and Piccadilly. So much history, so much green space!
What would you most like your audiences to take away from your performances?
A feeling of having been taken somewhere in a way they weren’t expecting.
What inspires you?
Truly innovative ideas, and old musicians who are generous with their wisdom.
What’s your favourite venue to perform in?
I love big concert halls for orchestral performances, but also strange and unusual venues for chamber music.
What do you like about working with Spitalfields Music?
I love the creative attitude that Spitalfields has as an organisation. I love the freedom to to take risks and do something exciting.
What do you think your breakthrough moment was?
Realising that presenting something truthful to an audience is only possible by serving the music.
Do you have a favourite piece or repertoire to perform, if so what?
I like most music, but virtuoso violin music and great chamber music never fail to excite me!
Who’s your favourite fictional hero?
Postman Pat was always a big role model.
Who are your real-life heroes?
Yehudi Menuhin, Pablo Casals, Leonard Bernstein and Daniel Barenboim.
To find out more about Fifth Quadrant and Dal’ouna’s joint project including video footage of their trip to Palestine visit www.roadtojericho.com