Polly Horton, BMus Music (Performance)
I am a recent BMus graduate, and I studied bassoon under David Baker. Since coming to Leeds, I had the pleasure of being a member of the Leeds University Union Music Society (LUUMS), playing in the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Orchestra (SWO) and Concert Band. I took on the role of SWO manager in my second year, which taught me a lot about what it takes to organise a musical ensemble. I have also been involved in the band for some of the other amazing performance societies, including OperaSoc, Music Theatre and Stage Musicals Society. I have also formed a wind quartet, Elmet Winds, with other students. Currently based in Leeds, we hope to continue our adventures outside West Yorkshire and beyond.
I spent my third year studying at the University of North Texas under the inspiring instruction of Professor Kathleen Reynolds. Here I gained invaluable musical experience alongside the opportunity to live and study in a different country. This was fascinating and an immense boost to my self-confidence. Truly an opportunity of a lifetime!
In February 2016 I had the privilege of stepping in for the performance of Opera North’s Andrea Chénier, an opportunity I was immensely proud of and grateful for. It was one of the most nerve-racking but exciting experiences I have ever had, but it reassured me that my true passion lies in orchestral playing. In September 2016, I will be starting a new adventure on the MMus Orchestral Performance course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. I am hoping to further my love of orchestral playing to a professional standard, with the dream of becoming an orchestral bassoonist.
Although I will be sad to leave Leeds, I am extremely grateful to all of the members of staff in the School of Music for their time, effort, and words of wisdom, which have guided me through my time here.