Birmingham musicians are mourning the passing of Karen O’Connor, second oboe of the CBSO during the Rattle and Oramo years and a much-loved member of the ensemble.
Karen started out as a founder-member of the orchestra of Opera North. The young Simon Rattle charmed her into coming to Birmingham.
After retiring from the CBSO, she went on to study performance psychology, working with students at Birmingham Conservatoire and helping many established professionals deal with performance anxiety and related issues.
There will be a cremation service next Friday, July 1.
photo: Lisa Carpenter/Guardian
Playing a solo, she’d say, was like playing golf: ‘when you’ve played your shot and you walk, with lots of time to think … it’s about how you stay in the right place in your head.’
Our sad thoughts are with Karen’s family and friends.