David Whitla will perform with the Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra, as part of The Cork Proms, presented by Cork Opera House and PwC in association with Cork Midsummer Festival. The Cork Proms are a celebration of summer and music in Cork, and will take place on June 21, 22 and 23. Booking on (021) 4270022, or online at www.corkoperahouse.ie.
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I grew up in Canada, and went to colleges in both Canada and the USA, before moving to Ireland nearly 21 years ago. We initially lived in Dublin, where I played in the bass section of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. After three years, we moved to Cork. My wife, Gabriela, is a pianist and we both teach at the CIT Cork School of Music. Moving to Cork opened up opportunities to play in smaller groups, and to play other types of music. We have two wonderful and talented children, Alina and Sylvan.
What is your ideal way to spend a Friday night?
A good meal in a nice restaurant with my wife is probably my first choice, but it doesn’t happen often enough!
Lie-ins or up with the lark.. which is it for you?
Lie-ins, for sure. I generally stay up late, either practicing or watching sport from other time zones on TV.
Does work creep into your weekend at all?
All the time, unfortunately. The nature of concerts and gigs is that they can be pretty much any day of the week, but they’re most commonly between Friday and Sunday.
If money was no object, where would you head to on a weekend city break? And who would you bring with you?
Athens, with my wife. But the question should really be, ‘if time were no object...’
Closer to home, is there some place you like to head to recharge the batteries?
When the weather is good, it’s fantastic to get out to the local beaches. Rocky Bay would be my favourite of those.
Do you like to catch up with family/friends at the weekend?
Since all of our family are in other countries, that doesn’t really happen.
Do you get to indulge in any hobbies? Even as a spectator?
I love watching sport, especially ice hockey and hurling, and I play bits and pieces. Until a couple of years ago, I played inline hockey, and I enjoy mountain biking, when I can find the time. I like golf, but I’m not very good.
Entertain or be entertained? If it’s the latter, do you have a signature dish?
Both. If we entertain, I’m better at being the sous-chef, but I can manage prosciutto chicken on my own without ruining it!
We have so many places to eat out in Cork - where are your go-to spots for coffee/lunch/special meal?
Coffee: Filter or Union Grind.
Lunch: L’Atitude 51.
Special meal: Isaacs.
Sunday night comes around too fast.. how do you spend it?
Usually getting ready for the following week.
What time does your alarm clock go off on Monday morning?