Continuing the series profiling musical alumni of the University of Kent. This week, Hannah Widmann.
When were you at Kent ?
What subject did you study ?
What occupation are you now engaged in ?
I am still studying, and have changed fields only slightly. At the moment I’m busy doing research for my MSc thesis in London, my MSc is in Cognitive Science and Psycholinguistics at the University of Amsterdam.
If music is not your profession, do you participate in any musical experiences now ?
I am still an avid choral singer, and will sing in whatever group that will let me. Luckily, I found a nice chamber choir in Utrecht, not far from my new Dutch home, and have been singing with them for the past 1.5 years. Also, I find most of my friends this way, so gatherings have a tendency to go musical after a drink or two!
How were you involved in music whilst at Kent ?
I was a member of Chorus and Chamber Choir in all three years, and was lucky to receive a Music Lesson Scholarship for singing lessons. I, also sang in several smaller groups (Ladies’ Barbershop, madrigal groups), went to every single Music Society social, and was generally one of those people that you see involved at every concert (not always musically… but I can shake a bucket nicely!). I was also Secretary to the Music Society in 2007-08. I had a brilliant time!
What did you gain from your University music experience, and has this helped you in any way since leaving Kent ?
Apart from making what I believe to be great music, I had the best time socially. I met most of my Kent friends through the Music Society, and am still in touch with lots of them. I lived with several “music geeks” in my final year, and sharing this hobby that filled most of our social calendars made it such a fun house to live in! I still use music and singing to kick-start my social life in a new place, and one of my first actions in Holland was to look for a decent chamber choir- it had been so central to my life at Kent! And yes, it worked. Choral people are just so likeminded.
What was your most memorable musical experience at Kent ?
Oh, there were so many special moments, it’s very hard to pick just one. Musically, my final year in Chamber Choir and the (if I might say so myself) excellent performance at that year’s Crypt Concert spring to mind. The choir really gelled, and the knowledge that we’d go to Paris with this programme made us all work extra hard. It really was a fantastic night.
A very corny moment, but surely another one of the highpoints of my time at Kent were the carol services in the Cathedral. The candlelit procession through the Nave, while singing “Once in Royal David’s city” was always a very touching experience.
What would you say to current musical students at the University ?
Make the best of your time at university, and just enjoy the ride.
If you’re a musical alumnus and would like to be featured, get in touch via the Music Department website: we’d love to hear from you!