Gettin’ to know you: Phil

Ever wondered about the faces behind everything going on at Spitalfields Music? Well, now you have a chance to get to us a bit better as our speed-interviews with members of the team return to the blog! This week, new boy and Development Administrator, Phil Chandler shares some secrets exclusively with us.

Development Administrator or basketball star?

What was the first CD you bought?
Five’s Greatest Hits – there is simply no excuse.

Do you have a favourite composer? If so, who?
Benjamin Britten – for writing one of my favourite operas, Peter Grimes.

What was the last concert/gig you went to?
Shostakovich’s Symphony No.5 at the Brighton Dome – an exhilarating work performed with power and aggression by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Also on the bill was Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini – Rachmaninov at his brilliant and irresistible best.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A basketball player – a goal that was almost entirely down to watching Space Jam well over one hundred times.

What were you doing before coming to work with Spitalfields Music?
After graduating with a Music degree from the University of Sussex, I worked as an intern for the Brighton Early Music Festival and the London Mozart Players before getting my first full-time job at Spitalfields Music!

What excites you most about working with Spitalfields Music?
Having the chance to work with a fantastic team of people who are passionate about the work they produce.

Who inspires you?
Bruce Parry – for embracing every opportunity for adventure, and greeting all cultures he encounters with a huge smile, open mind and complete disregard for his safety!

And finally, would you share an interesting fact about yourself with us?
I once played the steel pans in front of the Queen (although it was amongst a forty piece steel band and I don’t think she was really listening anyway).

If you have any quirky questions you’d like to put to the Spitalfields Music team, let us know!


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