Horn where heart is

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Arts - Tanya MacNaughton

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 Queens­landraised McIver from pri­mary to high school and into the 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.”

McIver has since played in or­ches­tras of mu­si­cals for Love Never Dies, Les Mis­er­ables and South Pa­cific.

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 next month.

The WASO con­certs will fea­ture Bri­tish vo­cal­ist Mary Carewe, con­duc­tor Guy No­ble, who will re­turn in De­cem­ber for Sym­phony in the City, and a pro­gram in­clud­ing songs from Les Mis­er­ables, Chicago and The Wizard of Oz.

“I love all the tunes and es­pe­cially the horn parts are fan­tas­tic, so I was pretty ex­cited when I heard about the con­certs,” McIver said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d460847

WASO as­so­ciate prin­ci­pal horn player Sharn McIver.

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