Alistair Gibson

Alistair Gibson
Alistair Gibson
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South Downs College student ALISTAIR GIBSON is a trombonist who lives in Easebourne, near Midhurst. In July he will tour Taiwan and Hong Kong with the National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great Britain for which he has to raise £3750. To contribute, visit

• What would be your ideal weekend destination?

London. I love the busy atmosphere, with so much going on and so many places to explore.

• Not counting your loved ones, who would be your dream companion?

Nicola Benedetti. I watched her in a rehearsal with the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra last year doing the Bach Double. She’s a fantastic musician and also a very beautiful person.

• What music would you take with you?

I have a very strange mix on my iPod for a person of my age. Some Shostakovich symphonies, Stravinsky’s Firebird, Year of the Dragon by Philip Sparke for some band music and, after playing Sweeney Todd for the National Youth Music Theatre last year, I have become a huge fan of that!

• What about something to read?

I have just been reading a biography of Sir John Barbirolli by his wife, and that was a very good read. I think books that stick with me though are The Pianist and the Harry Potter books, because they have either moved me emotionally or played a huge part of my life.

• What would be your ultimate way to relax?

I find practising can be very relaxing and de-stressing, although it can often cause stress when I can’t do something.

• If money were no object, which shop would you head for?

I would buy a new trombone from Phil Parker’s in London. Then, I think a new wardrobe would be in order.

• What’s your all-time favourite film?

Amelie. I just love the simple nature of the film and the idea of this woman getting happiness by helping others smile.

• We’re buying the drinks tonight. What’s your poison?

I was introduced by an Irish percussionist last summer to Guinness and I have never looked back.

• What are you doing this weekend?

On Saturday I am taking my weekly trip to Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study in their Junior Department. Then, on Sunday, I am playing the euphonium for Ealing Youth Orchestra’s performance of The Planets by Holst.

• What’s a favourite local destination for a weekend day out?

Ever since starting at college I have enjoyed going into Portsmouth, despite the many bus rides to get there from where I live.