A sound ca­reer plan

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Weekly Life - 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 awhile 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 French-made 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, who lives in West Leed­erville, 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.

“I think Si­belius will re­ally suit him, so I’m look­ing for­ward to play­ing it.

“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.”

Facer said he did not have favourite com­posers, rather, favourite pieces and Si­belius’s se­cond sym­phony was much-loved.

“It’s just gor­geous; it’s re­ally ro­man­tic but not in the sense of Brahms or Tchaikovsky,” he said.

“It’s ro­man­tic in a soul­ful, sim­plis­tic way rather than all of this highly charged stuff. It’s very ac­ces­si­ble for au­di­ences and even peo­ple who know very lit­tle about clas­si­cal mu­sic can get a lot out of it.”

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Prin­ci­pal oboe Peter Facer will per­form as part of Asher Fisch Con­ducts Si­belius.

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