2019 Performer Profiles: Marianne Schofield

Associate Artistic Director Jamie Campbell introduces some of the outstanding performers taking part in the 2019 Southwell Music Festival.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming double-bassist Marianne Schofield to the Southwell Music Festival.”

1) Who are you, where are you based, and what work do you do?

My name is Marianne and I am a freelance double bass player based in West London. I’m lucky to lead a really varied work life, performing and touring with lots of different UK orchestras and chamber groups. I also enjoy the challenge of playing a lot of contemporary music, which can usually be relied upon to be a good workout for bass players! I am a founder member of the quartet The Hermes Experiment (which is an unusual line-up of soprano, harp, clarinet and double bass) and I am also an artistic board member of Riot Ensemble.

2) What music are you most looking forward to performing in Southwell this year?

I always find Mahler’s Symphony no. 4 really special to perform; although the scope and emotional depth of the piece is huge, it still has so much lightness and a chamber music feel to it. I’m also looking forward to playing Handel’s Israel in Egypt on a gut string bass on the Saturday!

3) What other things have you got coming up that are interesting in the next few months?

I’m currently in the final (slightly panicky) stages of memorising Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique for memorised performances coming up with Aurora Orchestra, including at the BBC Proms in September. I’m also currently learning the aptly-titled Fury for double bass solo by Rebecca Saunders, as well as preparing to record The Hermes Experiment’s debut album in the Autumn, which is very exciting!