David Carnac, principal trombone

What do you do for a living?
I run my own financial services company, David Carnac & Co, which provides independent mortgage and financial advice.
Tell us a little about the instrument you play? Do you play any other instrument?
The trombone has predominantly three sizes: the most common being the tenor (there are generally two in most orchestras), the bass (there is usually one in an orchestra) and the alto, which occasionally replaces one of the tenor trombones. I play the alto and tenor regularly, and have been known to play the bass in an emergency. I also play the euphonium, often known in the orchestral world as the tenor tuba. I own three trombones, the main one has had a mixed existence, lovingly selected over three days from the combination of twenty or so slides and bells and then, a few years later, banished to my loft for nearly two decades.
When did you start your musical education?
I started playing various brass instruments from around the age of 11 and settled on the trombone at about age 14 in the London Borough of Bromley's Music Service. I then completed my Graduate and Post-Graduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama during which time, and for a short period after, I regularly performed professionally with many orchestras and chamber ensembles, both in the UK and abroad.
How long have you been with the CCO?
I joined the CCO in June 2006 after a nearly twenty year abstinence from playing my trombone.
What has been your favourite CCO concert?
Tough one to say, however two manage to just pip the CCO's constantly superb standard. The Beethoven Pastoral / Dvorak Eighth Symphony, and the Brahms Third Symphony concerts, both under Alan’s direction, were two of my most favourite musical moments ever.
Which piece of music do you most enjoy playing?
I couldn't possibly just pick one piece of music however, as a performer, I am rooted firmly in the orchestral genre. For music to practice, the transcriptions for trombone of Bach's cello suites provides quite possibly any trombonist's biggest challenge, both musically and technically. As to whether I enjoy playing them, they are amazing but possibly a little too much like hard work to enjoy.
If you could take a recording of one piece of music to a desert island, what would it be?
I just really couldn't contemplate only being able to listen to just one piece of music.
Who are your musical heroes?
I owe a few people a huge amount for my own personal development; Peter Gane and Leslie Lake who both taught me the trombone and, importantly, inspired me to be the best I could be, and Alan Hazeldine who taught me conducting and general musicianship at the Guildhall. By founding the CCO Alan created an orchestra that inspired me to play second time around. For sheer musical genius, I was lucky enough to play under, amongst others, Leonard Bernstein — he was amazing; a little man with a mammoth personality and an amazing musician. However, my biggest musical hero is the former principal trumpet of the LSO, Maurice Murphy. As a teenager I'd go and see him play and some thirty years later he was playing equally as well if not better. For what he has done, the consistency over many years, sheer quality of his playing and the genuine adoration from his fellow professional musicians, Maurice is a complete icon.
When was the last time you attended a concert as one of the audience?
At the time of originally writing this, the previous evening: Bernard Haitink conducting the LSO performing Mahler's Ninth Symphony at the Proms. To be fair, I’m a pretty regular concert attendee, after all, living in London with its vibrant music scene, it really would be rude not to!!
What do you listen to in the car?
Depends on my mood. By default, I tend to have Radio 3 on, but often I'll fancy a change of pace so a jazz or rock cd comes out. Other times I'll listen to non music stations as sometimes it's good to know what's going on outside the music world and I’m very partial to a Radio 4 play.
What are your other interests?
Away from my business and musical lives,  I enjoy the cinema and theatre (although the later not regularly enough), eating out and cooking, taking long walks and short runs and the company of those closest to me, ideally combined with one of the aforementioned activities.