Wanneroo Times - - Lifestyle - Tanya MacNaughton

DE­SPITE be­ing in­spired by a chil­dren’s tele­vi­sion show to play the vi­o­lin, a young Peter Facer grow­ing up in Eng­land dis­cov­ered he wasn’t very good at it.

“I strug­gled on with it for a while and then when I went to high school, I was very shrewd and had my eye on the school orches­tra,” Facer said.

“I knew I wanted to be in the school orches­tra but be­cause my vi­o­lin play­ing was so bad, they didn’t of­fer me a place.

“So I thought if I took up an un­usual in­stru­ment, I would have a higher chance to get in the orches­tra. A friend of mine had just taken up the bas­soon and got in, so I thought I’d pick some­thing sim­i­larly ob­scure and I hap­pened on the oboe.”

His par­ents bought 11-year-old Facer the cheap­est oboe they could find at the lo­cal mu­sic shop, with­out re­al­is­ing it would turn into his ca­reer. He has since up­graded to the French­made Mari­gaux oboe.

Facer joined WASO in 2014 as prin­ci­pal oboe af­ter fin­ish­ing his stud­ies at a mu­sic con­ser­va­toire in Ger­many.’’

“I had been to Aus­tralia when I was about 16 on a youth orches­tra tour with the English Schools Orches­tra and we did con­certs in Syd­ney, Mel­bourne and Bris­bane, but I’d not been to Perth,” he said.

“I thought ‘why not? I’m young and free and sin­gle. Let’s go to the other side of the world and see what hap­pens’.”

The 29-year-old said his main WASO high­light to date was per­form­ing in the Brahms Fes­ti­val with prin­ci­pal con­duc­tor Asher Fisch.

Fisch re­turns to WASO this week to lead con­certs Asher Fisch Con­ducts Si­belius, fea­tur­ing a pro­gram of Mozart, Stravin­sky and Si­belius’s Sym­phony No. 2.

“We’ve never done Si­belius with Asher while I’ve been in the orches­tra; he nor­mally fo­cuses on Ger­man or Aus­trian works,” Facer said.

WHAT: Asher Fisch Con­ducts Si­belius WHERE: Perth Con­cert Hall WHEN: April 20 (Morn­ing Sym­phony Se­ries), 21 and 22

TICK­ETS: www.waso.com.au

“There’s one rather lovely oboe solo in the third move­ment of Si­belius but the oboe is quite prom­i­nent in the whole sym­phony.

“The solo is this beau­ti­ful melody that ap­pears af­ter a flurry of ac­tiv­ity.”

Oboe player Peter Facer. Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d467788

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