Meet our Alumni – Daniel Addison

The Music Service has had the privilege of working with many accomplished young musicians from Luton over the years. We asked some of them to share with you their experience learning and playing music and how it has helped them in their careers.

Daniel Addison – Senior First Officer at British Airways

What did you study with Luton Music Service?


What were your highlights?

Too many to mention them all but I have particularly fond memories of our tour to Malta and Gozo with the Luton Youth Orchestra. It was a fantastic opportunity to travel abroad and play in some amazing venues as well as take in the sights and culture of Malta. I would be in trouble if I didn’t also mention that through music I met my wonderful wife who is also a cellist.

Where has music taken you?

I didn’t follow a musical path but the experiences I have learning and playing have helped me on my way to becoming a Senior First Officer at British Airways, flying the Boeing 747.

What advice would you give our students?

The best piece of advice I could give to a young musician is to grab every opportunity that the music service offers you and put your all into it, as music has a fantastic way of developing skills which can help you achieve your goals in life. I play the cello now for enjoyment and relaxation, and I’m far from a concert soloist but playing in an orchestra helped me develop team work, social and work ethics skills which have helped me achieve my dream of becoming an airline pilot.