A series profiling musical alumni of the University of Kent. This week, Tom Millinchip.
When were you at Kent?
I was at Kent from 2004-2008.
What subject did you study ?
I studied French.
What occupation are you now engaged in ?
Currently working for Majestic Wine in Chester but going to Christchurch to do a PGCE in September.
If music is not your profession, do you participate in any musical experiences now ?
Where possible I try and keep up with my singing and am part of a local chorus and Church choir.
How were you involved in music whilst at Kent ?
I was a member of the Chamber Choir, Chorus, Concert Band and Big Band and was Secretary of the Music Society in my second year.
What did you gain from your University music experience, and has this helped you in any way since leaving Kent ?
Having come from a musical family, music is in my blood but I didn’t expect to be heavily involved with anything when I first started at Kent. This however changed as soon as I realised how welcoming and rich music-making at the University was. My experiences and friends made through performing and socialising were/are invaluable and will be with me for the rest of my life. Music is an exciting hobby and is a perfect way of getting to know knew people and learn new skills. In terms of helping since I’ve left, I now have the confidence to join new groups and choirs where possible and working as part of the Committee in the Music Society has helped with my administration and leadership skills.
What was your most memorable musical experience at Kent ?
There have been so many, ranging from being involved in the first ever ArtsFest to performing in such a prestigious venue as Canterbury Cathedral. The main highlight for me however was helping to organise and then going on the Chamber Choir tour to Paris in my final year. Not only was the choir that year top notch (if I say so myself) but we were lucky enough to sing in La Madeleine and an English Church near the Champs-Elysées. The experiences and company were unforgettable.
What would you say to current musical students at the University ?
I would say to them that they should just get stuck in no matter what instrument or what level of ability. Being involved in such a large society and department will provide unrivalled experience and enjoyment and everyone should make the most of the opportunities that they are presented with.
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