At Love Goostrey, we love to share and celebrate the achievements of our local community. This week, we are very excited to speak to Section Principal at the World Famous Hallé Orchestra, David Hext, who kindly agreed to answer a few questions.
How long have you lived in Goostrey? What is it about Goostrey that you love?
I’ve lived here since 1999, the same year that Kate and I were married. It’s such a warm and welcoming community without making you feel like everyone knows your business. A perfect combination.
If you could change one thing about the village or surrounding area, what would it be?
I honestly can’t think of anything that I’d change! Maybe more pubs!
How long have you been a musician and what first got you into music?
I started playing when I was 10. My father and my older brother Mike were trombonists but I rebelled and took up the drums! Mike was Principal Trombonist of the Hallé long before I joined, and I remember going to see him play with them when I was I kid. That’s when I resolved to join them one day. As well as my Dad and brother being musicians, my Mum was also a music teacher so it was always going to be the natural path for me to take.
Who is your favourite musician and why?
I love the music and ethos of Peter Gabriel. As well as having a great voice, his music is so vibrant and soulful. His principles are strong too. He is a great supporter of world music and emerging artists.
What would you say is a high point in your career?
Playing at the Royal Albert Hall in the Proms every year is always a thrill. Not this year sadly. The Hollywood Bowl in LA in 1994 was a highlight too. I have to say though that it’s hard to beat playing with ELBOW at the Manchester International Festival in 2015. I love their music and it was such a pleasure work with them.
The Hallé plays in a whole range of cities across the country. How does your experience of these big cities compare to our small countryside village?
I love the big cities across the country. We also travel internationally and that is a great experience too. But there’s nothing better than coming back to Goostrey. It feels like arriving at a holiday home every time!
Could you name a piece of music which you think perfectly represents Goostrey?
Malcolm Arnold’s English Dance No. 1 always makes me think of village life. I love the beautiful pastoral scenes combined with everyone going about their business in a relaxed and cheerful way.