Meet the Team - Finn
Hello! My name is Finn and I am the part time school administrator here at Forte. I am originally from Ireland but moved to Cardiff in 2016 to pursue my bachelor's degree in music composition at the Royal Welsh College. Lockdowns have hit the music industry hard when it was already a tricky profession to pursue, I consider myself incredibly lucky to have remained a practicing music score editor, arranger and classical composer when others have been completely forced out of the industry. I have worked part time for Forte since March 2021. It has been great meeting all of the excellent teachers, parents and eager students just starting their musical journey whether it be passion or a hobby. I am hopeful that classical music will flourish post-pandemic and that young people especially will be able to find fulfilling careers and opportunities in music.
Who’s your favourite composer?:
The first composer I vividly remember being a huge influence on me was Franz Liszt, an incredible pianist (arguably the greatest of all time), showman and composer from Hungary. If I could recommend a work, it would be Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No.04. I am also a big fan of composers such as Mahler, Schoenberg, Berg and Rachmaninov.
Who’s been the biggest musical influence in your life so far?:
This is a very difficult question as I try my best to keep an open mind to a wide range of music. I began my career with blues (artists such as B.B King, little Richard and Fats Dominoe) and Irish music (Traditional music, the Dubliners, Pogues and Sinead O'Connor) and it was not until I was about 16 when I discovered a passion for classical music. I would say my biggest influence in music was my uncle, a Irish folk singer songwriter who taught me my first guitar chords and encouraged me to pursue composition.
The only genre of music I can definitively say I dislike (and believe me I have tried) is Reggae... (sorry!)
What’s your favourite piece of music?:
In my opinion, Mahler's Symphony No.02 is one of the greatest works ever written and I would encourage anyone who has not seen it to go if they can (particularly the Bernstein . The choral finale is some of the most beautiful music ever penned).
This piece along with works such as Rachmaninov's piano concerto No.02, Janacek's Cunning Little Vixen, Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No.01 and Berg's Songs for Soprano and Orchestra are some of my favourite works.
What style of music do you relax to?:
As I spend most of my life either editing, arranging or composing music so the absolute last thing I want to do is relax to it! And if I am honest, I am not great at relaxing. It often makes me feel a bit guilty! So, I try to occupy my off-time with things like hiking, visiting new places and getting out of the house in general.
Who’s your favourite performer?:
The best live gig I have been to was Noel Gallagher and I am fan of his music, as well as bands like biffy Clyro (Great live show!).
But my favourite performer of all time had to be John Mayer. I was a big fan of his growing up and he has a fantastic blues trio. He is in my opinion one of the best electric guitarists alive today.