"It's just music," says Linton Stephens who is has a passion for making music accessible to anyone who wants to access it. "Music itself is indiscriminate. It's there for you to enjoy... or not enjoy."
Linton's desire to play the bassoon started at a young age. “I just saw a picture of it in a book and I thought it looked like a chimney, and I want to play it.” But it was only aged 17 that he got the chance to learn. Now, having cut his professional teeth with Skipton Camerata, Linton is much in demand as an orchestral bassoonist, notably with the celebrated Chineke! Orchestra which has been championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music.
Linton returns to Skipton on 17th July as soloist in his favourite of the 37 bassoon concertos by Vivaldi. Conductor Ben Crick caught up with him on Zoom to ask him about the Vivaldi concerto, and about his consultancy work with some of London’s leading orchestras helping them to improve opportunities for talent from all backgrounds.
Vivaldi and Mozart Concertos
Linton plays Vivaldi's Bassoon Concerto in E minor with Skipton Camerata in Skipton Town Hall on Saturday 17th July.