Nicholas Fallowfield It was in 1988, the year I left my post in the (now Royal) Northern Sinfonia, that I became co-leader of Sinfonia Viva - although it was the East of England Orchestra in those days of course. I lead as required and have been a concerto soloist in double concertos - Bach, Schnittke, Arnold. Most of my playing these days is as first violin of the Tedesca Quartet which has a busy schedule of concerts and coaching. Coming to Viva means meeting and playing with dear friends and colleagues I’ve known for over thirty years, as well as getting to know new, younger players some of whom are just beginning to make their way in the profession. I spend a great deal of time conducting now, with all the planning and preparation that entails. In 2016 I became Musical Director of The Midland Sinfonia and many of the Viva principals play for me in that. Many of them have also appeared as concerto soloists with amateur orchestras I conduct around the country - Leicester, Warwick, Wrexham, Lincoln. For nearly thirty years I have been teaching the violin at the (now Royal!) Birmingham Conservatoire but will be finishing in the summer of 2019 in order to free up time for other activities, both musical and non-musical.