Dan Dixon, second flute

What do you do for a living?
I work for a company of nerds that makes impossibly complicated enabling technology for communications.  I don't really understand what it does.
Tell us a little about the instrument you play? Do you play any other instrument?
I play on a Nagahara gold headjoint to match the sound of Mike, the first flute.  Mike has gone the whole way and got a ridiculously flashy solid gold Nagahara flute with lots of pointless and expensive keys on it I don't understand. Sometimes he leaves the 'Demo Mode' key on accidentally. I've only got the head joint and use a Muramatsu body made in a rather more tasteful and restrained silver. Unfortunately, mine doesn’t have a 'Demo Mode' key. I started off on wooden flutes and I think that's what's given me my love of playing the wooden piccolo.
When did you start your musical education?
I started playing the flute at the beginning of secondary school.  Actually I tried to play the clarinet for a week before but hated the feel of the vibrating screechy thing in my mouth.  Playing the flute feels much better.  I got really hooked on this stuff when I was in the National Youth Orchestra.  After that, I never stopped going to rehearsals and eventually found myself playing in some quite good bands like CCO.
How long have you been with the CCO?
Dunno.  Who’s counting?  Ages.
What has been your favourite CCO concert?
Prokofiev Second Violin Concerto slow movt played last year with Laura Samuel.  We dedicated the concert to Alan our recently deceased and much loved founding conductor.  It was utterly magical.  Not a dry eye, as they say.
Which piece of music do you most enjoy playing?
Well of course it’s got to be Bach’s Partita in A minor for Solo Flute — I've been playing it for a third of a century and am still trying to get to the bottom of it.  For me it's the greatest flute piece.
If you could take a recording of one piece of music to a desert island, what would it be?
Anything by Liberace.
Who are your musical heroes?
They're who you'd expect from someone who loves playing classical music: Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Wagner, Britten, Dvorak, R Strauss, Puccini, Sibelius.
When was the last time you attended a concert as one of the audience?
Purcell's The Fairy's Kiss at the Proms with Glyndebourne Opera and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment — completely stunning.
What do you listen to in the car?
I'm still trying to work out how to use the CD player in my new car.
What are your other interests?
Causing traffic jams with my caravan.