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Take Five with Lucy Hare

Lucy Hare plays the double bass and is in great demand as a freelance player in London and abroad.  She has worked with many of London’s major orchestras, chamber ensembles and recording companies. Lucy also plays with The Oxford Concert Party

A traveller, gastronome and dancer at heart, Lucy’s unique percussive playing brings together her wild energy and love of world rhythms and music.  Obsessed by the tango she has formed her own tango quintet, Tango Volcano.  She has recently acquired a new passion, gardening, and she likes nothing more than spending hours with other gardeners over their veg boxes, wine glass in hand, discussing slugs and compost. 

In your professional life, what is the single best thing about what you do?
The “single best thing” is actually three fold. It is a mixture of the discipline of years of learning my instrument, the high artistic worth of the material I work with (the music) and the amazing results of a team of musicians, be it a group of five playing tangos or a symphony orchestra of 100 playing at the Last Night of the Proms. When all those things come together the rewards are astonishing.

Do you have a creative hero / heroine and if so, why?
There are so many people who inspire me, but some of my absolute favorites are:
Semyon Bychkov (conductor) for his profound understanding of music and the ability to put this across to an orchestra, lifting the game of every single person playing for him;
Rupert Goold (theatre director) for his ability to see the unexpected and present audacious productions of plays which have you on the edge of your seat for the entire performance, in fact I don’t think I have ever used the back of my seat watching one of his productions;
Nancy Kline (inspirational coach) for her ideas on how to listen; 
Pina Bausch (dancer and choreographer) for her total originality and ability to express the human condition through movement; 
Simon Russell Beale (actor) for his passion and commitment of every cell in his body to whatever part he is playing at the time;
JS Bach for his transcendence of all music that has come before or since.

What piece of advice do you wish you had been given at the beginning of your career?
That what ever level you enter at, you will always be seen at that level….. so go in to everything At Your Best!!

If you hit a creative block, what is your top tip for getting through it?
I’ll try anything really, a mixture of discipline and time out, in the garden or reading, or seeking support or inspiration from friends. Actually half an hour out for an espresso usually does the trick!

And finally, for fun, if you were a shoe, what type of shoe would you be and why?
I’d have to go barefoot.  It’s honest, grounded and tickly (I’m talking about the countryside, indoors or the garden, not London streets!).

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