Claire Moisson, associate leader

What do you do for a living?
I work for a small pensions consultancy company.
Tell us a little about the instrument you play? Do you play any other instrument?
I play the violin and was approached, after leading a concert a few years ago, by a lady asking me to breathe some new life into the instrument that her father played, a violin made by Angelus de Toppanis in 1738. It has slightly mysterious origins, one theory suggesting it was once a viola and transformed into a violin.  I am now delighted to own this violin!
My father is a wonderful pianist, so I also learnt to play the piano a little with him, but I am now very rusty.  I have trouble enough keeping up with the violin!
When did you start your musical education?
I started playing the violin when I was 6 years old, after falling in love with a violinist (whom I called 'Mr Rabbit' because he had huge teeth) who was giving a performance at the school where my father taught.  If Mr Rabbit reads this and recognises himself (!), then a big thank you for prompting me to begin what has been such a wonderful part of my life.
How long have you been with the CCO?
I think I started playing with the CCO in 1997, after being encouraged to join by my then boyfriend.  The boyfriend has long since departed, but the CCO remains… perfect!
What has been your favourite CCO concert?
Our concert with Brahms 3 last year, which moved Alan and most of us to tears.
Which piece of music do you most enjoy playing?
This is very difficult, as I love playing many pieces, from Mozart to Shostakovich and beyond!  Anything which is physically enjoyable to play (falls nicely under the fingers) and which I can really get involved with emotionally.
If you could take a recording of one piece of music to a desert island, what would it be?
If I were allowed a whole opera, I would take Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, my all time favourite.  Or perhaps Dance the Night Away by the Mavericks… my 'feel good' song!
Who are your musical heroes?
Mozart, Shostakovich, my father, Alan Hazeldine, Plácido Domingo… to name but a few.
When was the last time you attended a concert as one of the audience?
A few weeks ago: First night of the Proms.
What do you listen to in the car?
I don’t have a car, but end up humming all sorts while walking.
What are your other interests?
I have many, but I love dancing, walking, sewing and reading (and most other 18th century ladies' pastimes!)