A short interview with WASO's Clarinet, Lorna Cook

When did music first come into your life, and what inspired you to play clarinet?
My grandfather lived with us when I was a young child. He was an amateur conductor and conducted a lot of bands both in America when he lived there, and also in Scotland. It wasn’t unusual to see him arranging and composing music as well as teaching the clarinet at home on Saturday mornings.

I thought some of the students sounded really good and I wanted to play like them, so as soon as my hands were big enough, I started lessons too.

How long have you been in WASO and what are the highlights?
I’ve been a member of WASO for 29 years. There have been so many outstanding performances it’s difficult to pick my favourites, however some that come to mind are Tristan und Isolde conducted by Heribet Esser, the Beethoven Violin Concerto with Pinchas Zukerman, and the Orchestra’s collaboration in 2016 with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra.

What makes a successful performance?
I think it’s a combination of the conductor and musicians all understanding, respecting and inspiring each other. Of course, speaking personally, a good reed always helps.

What is your favourite city in the world and why?
I’m lucky enough to travel a lot and am always happy to come home to Perth, but I always try to include Edinburgh on my holiday itinerary.

I like the architecture and the city is easy to get around. There are always concerts and exhibitions to attend, plus it’s where I met my husband.

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