In the third of an ongoing series of “talks by interesting people about interesting things”, BBC Symphony Orchestra violinist Daniel Meyer told attendees of this week’s Seniores seminar of his musical career and his involvement in the UK’s justice system, explaining how he juggles rehearsals and tours between his voluntary work as a magistrate.
“When your school wrote to me, asking me to come in and talk to you about any one of the topics on the list they sent me, I looked at it and thought ‘I’m not suitable for any of these’, so gently rejected the invitation”, Daniel Meyer confesses. “Then they wrote back and asked me to come in anyway to talk about what I do. So I apologise in advance if this turns out to be quite boring – perhaps give me some kind of signal, like frequent fidgeting or discrete texting under your blazers.”
My fellow students and I – altogether making up an audience of about fifty – chuckle politely, while Meyer pours a glass of water from the bottle he’d been provided with and sits down on the chair I’d put out for him.
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