At Home with Paul Rawson

Part of our QSO AT HOME series

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At Home with Paul Rawson

You may not be able to see them performing as often as they used to, but while our musicians are off stage they’re sharing an insight into their daily lives at home. Meet Acting Associate Principal Trumpet Paul Rawson.

#Hello!

Hello! Paul here. I’m currently Acting Associate Principal Trumpet at Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Having been in the orchestra for over 42 years, it’s time to welcome you into my home.

Since COVID-19 began I’ve been basically laid up and unable to go anywhere due to a couple of injuries, so you could say in a way it was good timing. However, I’ve not been able to do any projects around the house either, which has been frustrating.

#My practice room

You can see here my music practice room which has seen many thousands of hours practice over my decades with Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

#Janine and Maddie

My dear wife Janine of 42 years and our darling girl Maddie, who runs the house. Our rescue dog is from Gunnedah.

#Our garden

You can see here the before and after of a waterfall I built in our garden. We begin each day enjoying the beauty of nature around us, including the 50 to 100 parrots who visit our feeders daily.

#My workshop

As Janine knows only too well, ‘I need a project’ and, being a ‘project person’, is it any wonder that my favourite room (albeit tiny) is my workshop? And dare I say it; neatness is not my forte. Janine has often thrown items of mine into the room not knowing where they belong, and I haven’t noticed them for months, if ever. One day it will be an archaeological dig.

#My next project

Here is my shed housing my next project; the restoration of an 1880 horizontal steam engine from Sussex, England; to run an early Australian pump and generator for steam displays.

I hope you have enjoyed an insight into my world outside QSO. It’s been a pleasure having you over. See you again (soon, hopefully).

Cheers,
Paul.

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