Continuing the series profiling musical alumni of the University of Kent. This week, Christiane Litman.
When were you at Kent ?
From Sept 2002 – July 2005
What subject did you study ?
BA (Hons) in English Culture and Language/ Comparative Literature.
What occupation are you now engaged in ?
Primary School Teacher (I was music coordinator in my previous school)
If music is not your profession, do you participate in any musical experiences now ?
Yes, I sing in a church choir, a university chorus (Glyndwr in Wrexham, North Wales) and a professional chamber choir called Voices of the North. I also play the viola in the Chester Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, I help run the junior choristers in my church.
How were you involved in music whilst at Kent ?
I played the viola in the Orchestra, as well as in the Camerata during my degree. During my first year I was also part of a student-run string quartet.
What did you gain from your University music experience, and has this helped you in any way since leaving Kent ?
It gave me a circle of friends which was unrelated to just my degree studies. Through my involvement in music I also met my husband in Canterbury during my first year. Having played in the orchestra, following my degree I joined the Maidstone Symphony Orchestra for a while and then rejoined the university orchestra for a couple of concerts before relocating to North Wales.
What was your most memorable musical experience at Kent ?
Playing the children’s concerts with the Camerata- always great fun and the children’s faces when they came to “try out” at the end are unforgettable. Particularly their confusion when I explained that my instrument was not a violin!
What would you say to current musical students at the University ?
Have fun! And if you get the chance, also get involved in music outside of uni. There’s lots going on in Canterbury and the more you can do, the wider your experience is going to be.
If you’re an alumnus and would like to be featured, get in touch via the Music Department website: we’d love to hear from you!