Company Profile: Phil Gault, Singer
You’re working on both Tosca and SensoryO at the moment, which is your favorite to perform in and why?
There are so many wonderful things about both - the music in Tosca is so amazing, Puccini’s orchestration is a constant wonder, and the principal artists are sublime. On the other hand, in SensoryO I am one of the principals, I can see the music and touch the audience at a distance of a few metres, and it is more personally rewarding.
How did you approach writing the poem for the story of SensoryO?
It started out as a prose text, which was written before I was involved and basically told the plot in the form of a bedtime story. I know that my 2 year-old daughter responds much more to stories told in rhyme, so I tried to emulate the sort of books she really enjoys and it developed from there.
What 3 things might people be surprised to learn about you?
I have a black belt in Aikido and really enjoy cheesy martial arts movies.
I went to University to read Maths before I changed course to Music.
I have a 14 foot oar hanging in the kitchen, which I won when I rowed at University (you get them for winning all your races in a week).
What do you do when you're not singing?
When I have time off I do my best to see my daughter, Aeronwy, as much as possible, so there are a lot of activities based around going to parks, watching children’s theatre and being used as a climbing frame... In addition, I spend a fair amount of time running, cooking, drinking fine wine (the finest wines known to humanity... And cake!) and massacring the Goldberg Variations on the piano. Not in that order.
If you weren't an opera singer, what would be your ideal job?
Assuming that I can’t cheat and stay in the Performing Arts (Actor, Dancer - I really want to be a contestant on Strictly!), I would probably have to say a Chef.
Tell us your favourite place to be in the world?
With my family, wherever they are. But preferably if they are in Vienna, Glasgow, or Wales.
What is your proudest moment to date?
Aeronwy constantly makes me more proud of her, so it’s tricky to say... On a personal level, though, probably marrying my wife, Claire, and having our gorgeous daughter with her.