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5 minutes with: classical St Albans violinist Leanne Wren

PUBLISHED: 10:44 21 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:44 21 August 2018

Leanne Wren will swap Bach for beats when she performs at Hatfield House (photo: Image 1st)

Leanne Wren will swap Bach for beats when she performs at Hatfield House (photo: Image 1st)

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Classical St Albans violinist Leanne Wren, who will perform with the Urban Soul Orchestra at dance music concert Classic Ibiza at Hatfield House this summer

How did you get into music?

I decided when I was three that I wanted to be a violinist. There were no musicians in my family, so it came as quite a surprise to my parents.

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Why did you choose violin?

It never occurred to me to play anything else!

Who’s your greatest musical influence?

I’ve been influenced by many musical greats spanning all genres. I’ve also been fortunate to have experienced masterclasses and lessons with fantastic violinists including Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Krysia Osostowicz and Yfrah Neaman.

What music do you listen to at home?

I love a huge range of repertoire and listen to pretty much anything. It’s been wonderful introducing my four-year-old to music. She loves classical music but equally enjoys all forms of pop, from The Beatles to Radiohead! She also loves the Classic Ibiza CD produced by the Urban Soul Orchestra last year.

As a classical musician, what’s it like performing dance tunes at Classic Ibiza?

I absolutely love it. It’s such a change and the Urban Soul Orchestra Classic Ibiza arrangements are a joy to play.

What’s your favourite track to perform at the concert?

Ooh... it’s hard to pick one. I love Barber’s Adagio because it’s a great arrangement by Stephen Hussey. It’s so unusual in places but really works. The tracks with the singers are brilliant too as they’re all so talented.

Do you visit Hatfield House?

My husband, young daughter and I frequently visit. It’s a fantastic venue with a lovely farm, little train, playground and is brilliant fun for families.

You performed at last year’s Classic Ibiza concerts. What is your favourite memory?

It has to be 6,500 people singing along to Titanium at the top of their lungs! I cannot describe the amazing feeling on stage knowing so many people are having the time of their lives.

Classic Ibiza takes place at Hatfield House Park on September 1. Go online to classicibiza.co.uk for full event and ticket details, or call the box office on 01283 841601.

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