Heather Skidmore – Percussion

Where were you born?
Birmingham, UK

If you weren’t born on the Gold Coast, when did you move here?

Who was your most influential person in terms of your music career?
Mrs Sue Roberts, Director of Music, Somerset College

Do you play any other instruments?
I play all tuned/mallet percussion including bowing technique and piano.

What is your occupation?
I just completed Bachelor of Science (Ecology and Conservation Biology) Griffith University and currently looking for employment in this field.

What other ensembles have you played in or been a part of?
Qld Youth Orchestra (Wind Ensemble and QYO3) ; Gold Coast Youth Orchestra; orchestras for various productions at Gold Coast Arts Centre; Orchestra for
Brisbane performance of Havergal Brian’s Symphony No1, “The Gothic”.

What are some of your other interests outside of the orchestra?
Animals and wildlife, movies and theatre, especially musicals.

What is your favourite part about playing in the GCPO?
Being able to play a variety of musical styles and different instruments within the percussion section.

How long have you been playing in the GCPO?
2 years

What is your favourite style of music?
Musical theatre, music from movies, music with powerful percussion parts.

What has been you favourite work performed with the orchestra?
Anything John Williams – 1941, Olympic Fanfare and Theme, Summon the Heroes, Hymn to the Fallen. Also the 1812 Overture and Jupiter.