Meet the Sinfonia – Principal Horn

The Royal Ballet Sinfonia is the orchestra of Birmingham Royal Ballet, and perform at all of our shows. Andrew Littlemore is the Principal Horn player, and ahead of the Christmas break, took time out to introduce himself…


How old were you when you first started playing?
I started on the piano when I was 6 and at 7 became a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral and began learning the horn when I was 8.

What did you want to be when you were a child, or did you always want to be a musician?
I always wanted to do something either with music or the outdoors. I remember conversations with my parents insisting I didn’t want to sit behind a desk all day!

How long have you been in the Royal Ballet Sinfonia?
15 months.

What’s your favourite ballet music?
I have not had a huge amount of time to play much of it but it would probably be Romeo and Juliet.

Favourite pop song?
Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits. This was the first non classical cd I was ever given.

What instrument would you choose other than your own?
I’d choose the cello as it makes a similarly rich sound to the horn and has lots of great tunes to play.

Favourite pit, and favourite concert hall?
My favourite pit is at the Coliseum in London. There are lots of fabulous concert halls all over the world but one of the best has to be the Musikverein in Vienna.

What’s your favourite touring meal?
I eat anything so wherever we are there’s not usually a problem!

How do you relax away from music?
I love the outdoors especially being in the mountains.