Adam & The Double Bass
A Different Lens Magazine is excited to feature this interview with the UK based exceptionally talented double bass musician, Adam Churchyard.
Photography courtesy of Markus Brehm.
Describe yourself in 5 words.
Passionate, peaceful, love, music, reserved
What makes you so passionate about music?
When I am playing I feel like I am at home. It is sometimes difficult to express to other people what pure pleasure and joy music brings. It is a very special feeling to share something that has been around for thousands of years. It brings people together. Where words fail music speaks.
Why the double bass?
My sister was a violinist and I was singing and playing piano and clarinet. The music school where my sister was playing did not have any double bass players so I started playing the instrument. I fell in love with the instrument and the depth of the sound and the importance of the instrument in the orchestra.
What was your best performance ever and why?
I would like to name a couple that were very special. The Royal Albert Hall with the National Youth Orchestra, a concert at Glastonbury, my first international Opera experience. The Royal Albert Hall was brilliant because of the orchestra, full of young people who are really driven to play the music perfectly. Glastonbury was special because it was such a diverse mix of an audience. It gave a really buzz. My first international Opera in Italy was very special too. Opera is where I want my path to lead so it was a great opportunity.
Where are you going to be in 5 years as a musician?
High position in an Opera house organisation in Europe & to participate in educational work with children. I feel music education cannot be lost and I hope I can play my part in that.
What music dream do you hope will come true?
That I can play in the Opera house, Covent Garden, Principal. I truly believe that the opera house is a place where artistic professionals come together to perform at the highest level.
What other interests do you have?
Meditation, cycling, food.
What have you learnt from the recent world events and the lockdown due to Covid19?
How we live such a hectic lifestyle and how beautiful it is to take a step back and review what is really important. It made me really appreciate what is really important. I have been in touch with a lot more people. It felt in some ways much more connected.
What do you think life will look like after Covid19?
I think it will take time to recover and it will take a more community approach from people from all backgrounds to get better.