INTERN INSIGHTS: A few of Fiona’s favourite things…

This week, as we all long for a return to live performance – either as an artist or an audience member – Student Insights Coordinator Fiona Sunderland chooses some of her favourite works that she has performed on the Turner Sims stage… 



Symphony No. 4 in F Minor – Tchaikovsky

This was the first symphony I ever got to play and probably the first one I ever heard all the way through and it’s an absolute banger! My one warning would be not to make the same mistake I did – turning the volume all the way up for the quiet movement 3 and then having a heart attack when movement 4 suddenly starts!


Hollywood Milestones ( A medley including music from Back To The Future / Beauty And The Beast / Chariots Of Fire / E.T. / Forrest Gump /Jurassic Park / Apollo 13 / Star Trek) – arranged by John Higgins

Trying to squeeze multiple songs into one – but I love this medley and it’s definitely my favourite to play and most of the best film music tracks are included.


Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra – Benjamin Britten

Based on a piece by Purcell, this really gives you a flavour of all the colours and tones of the orchestra and even the Basses get a chance to play the tune (a terrifying concept when I had to play it)!!


Miss Saigon Medley – Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil

There’s no shortage of film music medleys for concert band – My favourite thing about this is the sax solo in The American dream (which one of my friends would really take to the extreme when playing it).


The Nutcracker Suite, Op 71, Act 2: No 14b Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy – Tchaikovsky

Who doesn’t love The Nutcracker? – a bit Christmassy, but I think it should be appreciated all year round. I picked this piece in particular because I have a fond memory of playing a version of The Nutcracker Suite at Turner Sims. When it came to this piece one of the band members went to play the celesta part on a keyboard but the sound level wasn’t quite right and very abruptly blared out the speakers so the whole band and audience burst out laughing.


The Greatest Show – Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, and Ryan Lewis

I’d played the medley version of this so many times before ever seeing the film but it’s such a fun song and so catchy.


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