Dominic Seldis has played the double-bass in most of the world’s top venues but he is really looking forward to his debut at The Apex next week.
For Dominic it means playing in his home town Bury St Edmunds and in a venue that has seriously impressed him. He will be the solo double-bassist with the Wolsey Orchestra for Bottesini’s Elegy and Paganini’s Moses Variations on February 7.
He is currently the solo bassist with Amsterdam’s renown Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, whose concert hall he rates as one of the world’s greatest. His other favourites are New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Royal Albert Hall, whose ‘wonderful atmosphere’ outweighs its problematic acoustics.
But he feels The Apex is something Bury can boast of.
“The Apex is a most wonderful venue,” he said. “It’s wonderful to play there for the first time as a soloist – it’s one of those lovely things that happens every now and then.
“When it was first built I was nosey and had a look at what they’ve created there. It’s a really great concert hall. I’ve spoken to many classical musicians who have played there and they all love it.
“So often, the great venues are saved for the big cities. It’s small but very well done and Bury should be proud.”
It is also one of the few venues where he can stay with his mum, Lynda Seldis, who still lives in the town.
Dominic went to Guildhall Feoffment Primary School until he was eight then went to Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.
He added: “I was taught until I was eight by Kate Livermoore, who has had a lot of wonderful musicians go through her hands – she still lives in Bury. I owe my career to her.”
Through her encouragement, he learned to play the violin, which he swapped for the double bass at 14.
“I got clever and realised it was easier than the violin,” he said, but he went on to admit: “The down side is that if you want to make it sound really good, you have to work quite hard, but it’s pretty much all I do. It’s my hobby and my profession – I feel like I’m the luckiest man alive.”
It has seen him become familiar on the BBC Maestro series and, this week, he premiered Wolf Totem, a double-bass concerto written by the Chinese composer Tan Dun, who wrote the theme for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The Ipswich-based Wolsey Orchestra’s concert is conducted by Ben Palmer, a past pupil of Hardwick Middle and King Edward VI Schools.
Tickets for the concert are £13, free to children and under-21s in full time education, from The Apex Box Office, 01284 758000 or www.theapex.co.uk