Interview with Maree Kilpatrick: 2011 Winner of the Joyce Campbell Lloyd Scholarship
Maree Kilpatrick -
2011 Joyce Campbell Lloyd Scholarship recipient
After Maree Kilpatrick returned from her 11 week trip through Europe, funded by the Joyce Campbell Lloyd Scholarship, she took a moment to reflect on the experience with Wendy Johnson, Senior Administration Officer (Marketing & Administration) from the USQ Faculty of Arts.
19 October 2012
Q: I understand you’ve been travelling. Where did you go?
A: Funded by the Joyce Campbell Scholarship, I travelled to study in Shrewsbury, UK; Paris, France; and Salzburg and Vienna, Austria; before returning to Manchester, UK.
Q: How long was the trip?
A: 11 weeks.
Q: What were the highlights?
A: I was on a high for most of the 11 weeks! The culture for classical music in Europe/UK is inspiring... it is such a valued and intrinsic part of their lifestyle. It was great having the time to practise all day if I wanted! I brought back a broad palette of ideas and techniques from all the pianists I worked with (the main pianists including chronologically Bonnie Brown, Frank Wibaut, Leslie Howard, Graham Scott, Murray McLachlan, Gabriel Kwok and Kathryn Stott), and was inspired by many special concerts.
I really enjoyed reading chamber music at a summer course in Shrewsbury and later with Royal Academy students and graduates in London. Attending the Chetham's International Summer School and Festival for Pianists was probably the most exciting few weeks of the trip; the course was totally jam-packed with lessons, master classes, performances, professional concerts to watch and keen pianists of all ages to socialise with!
Another highlight was staying in Schloss Frohnburg while studying at the Mozarteum Summer Academy, Salzburg. While cooking breakfast, you could hear (spoken and sung!) French, German, Mandarin, Japanese, Russian, Turkish, Israeli, Spanish, Italian and more. The cultural and architectural heritage of Paris and Vienna was totally different from anything I've experienced before. Another exciting moment was witnessing Australian/English pianist Jayson Gilham perform Beethoven's Emperor Concerto in the Leeds International Piano Competition finals, in mid September. Whilst travelling I made some very special friends - including some other Kilpatrick’s.
Q: Were there any lowlights?
A: It was difficult travelling on several occasions into a new country, new foreign language, on next to no sleep (my own fault though). It was also challenging at times to find a piano to practice on.... However, apart from that, I am just sad that the trip was over so soon!
Q: Did you perform anywhere and how was that as an experience?
A: We gave an eclectic piano trio recital in Shrewsbury; I played a solo in a student concert at the Mozarteum, and gave two partial solo student recitals (30-50 min) at Chetham's. The experience was like most performances - generally good fun and slightly nerve-wracking!
Q: Did your trip present you with any future professional opportunities?
A: Nothing specific/definite, but lots of ideas and perhaps down the track some chamber music in UK and Ireland.
Q: What is ahead of you in the near future?
A: Besides lots of teaching and accompanying around Toowoomba - I have been accepted into several of the Australian Youth Orchestra programmes next year on keyboard, and hoping with friends to perform more chamber music concerts in regional areas of QLD / Australia.
In terms of upcoming performances, I am performing solo as one of two acts during jury deliberations for the Joyce Campbell Lloyd Scholarship Concert, at USQ Arts Theatre, 7:30 pm on 24 November 2012. Also, at 3pm on 8 December 2012, I am playing in a trio with local professional musicians Nicola Hayden (flute - also a past recipient of the scholarship) and Danielle Skerman (cello) at Taabinga Homestead, South Burnett. Tickets will available from 12 November 2012 from Colin Marshall at Taabinga Homestead.