David Knight

Musician of the GSO since: The very beginning!

Other Orchestral Experience: KW Chamber, Musica Viva, Hart House, University of Guelph

Vermont Phil and Green Mountain Mahler Festival Orchestras.

Symphony, chamber, opera, and ballet orchestras in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Chicago.

Academics and teachers:Timpani at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.  

B.A., M.A., and Ph.D.; Vera Gilbert and Bruce Mulholland in New Zealand

Other Occupations: Now happily retired from university teaching (Geography Department,

U of G). I have my own research consulting firm.

Q & A with David

Why play timpani? It gives me immense pleasure to fit my playing to the demands of composers and to conductors’
interpretations. 

How did you get interested in classical music? As a kid I listened to my Dad’s collection of 78rpm records, which included
Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto (on 8 records), with tempo changes due to my winding the crank when needed! Later, our
first long playing record (33rpm) contained Sibelius’ Finlandia and Symphony No. 5, which amazed me.

Greatest musical influence? Beethoven

Best gig you've ever performed at?  Performing for the Queen when I was 12.

Favourite food?  My wife Janet's spectacular spaghetti sauce!

Outside interests? Research, writing, MAREP (an Alzheimer’s research group),  the Alzheimer Society (Guelph Wellington)

Favourite Works? Hadyn’s London symphonies, Mozart’s Requiem and Magic Flute, Beethoven’s Third and Ninth
symphonies, Brahms’ four symphonies and Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, anything by Dvorak, and Neilsen’s
Fourth Symphony (The Inextinguishable)

Favourite way to relax?  Reading with a cat on my lap

What's a fact no one would know about you?  I enjoy exploring old cemeteries .
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