Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

WHEN Sharn McIver was in Year 5 and asked to write down what in­stru­ment she would like to play, she chose trum­pet, hav­ing re­cently seen James Mor­ri­son on Hey Hey It’s Satur­day.

The de­ci­sion was one that car­ried the cen­tral Queens­land-raised McIver from pri­mary to high school and in to Queens­land Con­ser­va­to­rium, un­til she did a masterclass with fa­mous Aus­tralian horn player Barry Tuck­well at the end of her sec­ond year of stud­ies.

“I’d never re­ally no­ticed the french horn be­fore and I thought ‘what is that?’,” McIver said.

“It looked fancy, sounded amaz­ing and was re­ally eye-open­ing, so I got a friend to lend me a sec­ond-hand french horn that I mucked around on be­fore go­ing to the lec­turer of french horn at the Con­ser­va­to­rium and asked for a les­son.

“He said no, told me I was a trum­pet player and I should just play the trum­pet.

“So I got all the Mozart horn con­cer­tos and sat in the prac­tice room next to his room and blasted them out for six hours a day un­til he gave me a les­son; he said I was more suited to horn and I ended up chang­ing.”

She joined WA Sym­phony Or­ches­tra in 2014 as as­so­ciate prin­ci­pal horn and will com­bine her two pas­sions – french horn and mu­si­cals – when the or­ches­tra presents From Broad­way to Hol­ly­wood at Perth Con­cert Hall on Novem­ber 4 and 6.

Tanya MacNaughton

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