At Home with Sonia Wilson
Part of our QSO AT HOME series
You may not be able to see them performing on stage, but while our musicians are stuck at home they’re sharing an insight into our daily lives off stage. Meet violinist Sonia Wilson.
I’m Sonia Wilson, first violin with Queensland Symphony Orchestra. I joined the Orchestra in November last year and while this is not exactly how I thought I’d be spending my first year with QSO, I’m trying to make the most of this unexpected free time.
#My practice nook
Here’s my little corner of the living room where I like to practice. It’s rare to have this much time to work on my own things and not have to be preparing for a new program every week. I’ve been working through a lot of technical things, trying to fill some gaps, and hitting up my old pals Flesch, Capet, Schradieck and Gaviniès. I’m also learning a new concerto which is something I haven’t done for a few years now.
#My isolation buddy
This is Missy, our family dog that I’m looking after while my parents are living in Scotland. We got her as a puppy when I was 15 so she’s very used to listening to me practice and mostly snores through it these days.
#In the kitchen
I’ve always loved baking and have been using a lot of this time perfecting some of my favourite treats. I’ve totally nailed my banana bread, I’ve got a great collection of cookie recipes and I’m working on finding the fluffiest muffin now. I’ve also been trying out lots of different recipes and cooking styles that I don’t usually have the time for.
Hiking has always been my favourite form of exercise and I’m lucky to live at the base of Mt Coot-Tha where there are loads of great (dog-friendly) tracks, just a few minutes from my front door, where I can go to stretch my legs and clear my head.
#On the bookshelf
No rehearsal means lots of extra time for reading and I’m finally making a dent in my ‘to read’ list that’s been piling up the last few years. I just finished Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli and am now working my way through the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch.
I’m so grateful to have the support of the QSO community during this weird time. This organisation is full of wonderfully creative people. I can’t wait until we can all be back in the Concert Hall together again!