Adam Summerhayes

... Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Glazunov, Bruch, Prokoviev, Sibelius, The Lark Ascending - and, of course, all the Bach concerto’s and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Much as I love the interaction of chamber music and the sheer creativity of things like The Lightning Thieves and ZUM, it is hard to beat the experience of hearing your fiddle soar over an orchestra in the Beethoven concerto or ripping the heart out of the Tchaikovsky.

I have performed the baroque concertos endlessly - my Four Seasons performances must be well into triple figures by now and it is still fun with the right players.

Have I performed the big concertos with the LSO? No, not at all - most of my classical career has been in chamber music. Would I like to? Well, I can’t imagine turning it down, but I have greatly enjoyed playing the big concerto’s with amateur orchestras. I think its a win/win deal, as my father would say. The orchestra gets “consummate virtuosity” from me (The Strad ’00) and I get to play with people who are performing just because they love it. Not bad all round.