A series profiling musical alumni of the University of Kent. This week, Suzannah Lipmann.
When were you at Kent ?
2005 – 2009
What subject did you study ?
Social Anthropology with a Year in Japan
What occupation are you now engaged in ?
I am a Minor-Metals trader.
If music is not your profession, do you participate in any musical experiences now ?
Yes, I have weekly singing lessons and I am going to be singing Bernstein’s Mass with a choir from the Southbank Centre in July at the Royal Festival Hall. I also am in a band (Jazz/ Rock) with a family friend and my old art teacher from school!
How were you involved in music whilst at Kent ?
In my first year I was a member of the Chamber Choir and in my final year I was a member of the Chorus and a permanent fixture in the first year of Jazz at 5 (Sept 2008 – Jun 2009).
What was your most memorable musical experience at Kent ?
Singing with the Chamber Choir in 2005 in the Christmas concert in Cantebury Cathedral.
What would you say to current musical students at the University ?
Take every opportunity and make time, because no matter how little time you think you have at uni it is nothing like life after uni when you work! I missed a whole year of being involved with singing at uni, because I thought I didn’t have enough time. This was a big mistake as that is a whole year in which you could have improved that bit more. After uni it is so much harder to find a good auditioned choir with people your own age. So definitely do as much as you can while it’s on a plate for you. At the very least you can make friends with whom you share an interest which is rather rare.
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!