Adam Cracknell




What is your name and what do you play?

My name is Adam and I play timpani and percussion.

What and where do you study, and what are your ambitions?

I study percussion at the Royal College of Music. My ambitions are to become a percussionist in a orchestra or in other ensembles.

What is your favourite memory of playing with WYS?
I have many fond memories from WYS, including social events and performances. For me my favourite memory is playing the timpani solo at the end of Shostakovich’s 10th symphony. Such a rush of adrenaline and excitement.

What is it like playing with the WYS?
Playing with the WYS is unlike most orchestras I play in. There’s a really friendly atmosphere, and at the heart of it everyone is having a great time playing some of the most amazing music there is. That’s the most important thing for me and what I love the most about the orchestra, the shared love for playing great and often very challenging music.

What is Daniel like to work with?
Daniel is a fabulous conductor. He is incredibly passionate about music! He conducts in such a way that he draws emotion out of each individual player. Daniel is a friend to everyone in the orchestra. Sometimes I’ll be about to play a big entry in a piece and Daniel will look up at me and will simply smile at me as if he is excited to hear what I’m about to play. That’s one of the most encouraging things a conductor can do.

What is your favourite piece of music and why?
It’s hard to tell you one single piece of music that is my favourite. For me music is an emotional experience and so different music resonates with me at different times depending on how I’m feeling. One of my favourite pieces of music is the fifth and final movement from “Ma mère l’Oye” (Mother Goose suite) by Ravel entitled “Le jardin féerique”. It’s a short and slow movement of really beautiful rich music building to a grand ending.

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