william-philpot

About

Q&A

Question: Can you tell us a bit about you, and what you are up to these days?

Answer I am fully retired. I still perform with the local Salvation Army band when requested. I am an admirer of Tchaikovsky's music. I have arranged several pieces for brass band. I also play the piano at our retirement village Christian fellowship meetings.

Question: What was a highlight of your time in AYO programs?

Answer I enjoyed my time with the AYO, mixing with other likeminded students and performers to obtain an extremely high standard of presentation.

Question: What skills, musical and otherwise, did you take away from your time at AYO?

Answer The skill of needing complete concentration when performing.

Question: What was your favourite piece or performance during your programs?

Answer I loved Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 and Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5.

Question: Why do you think AYO is important to the Australian cultural landscape?

Answer It puts great emphasis on music as a leisure activity. In my opinion sport receives too much funding and publicity.

Question: How would you describe AYO in three words?

Answer Uplifting, challenging, rewarding.

Question: Is there anything else you would like to tell us about you or your time at AYO?

Answer As a retiree, my music activities as a performer, composer and arranger are excellent for the stimulation of the mind as I march through my senior years. I am now 84.

Question: What was one of the first pieces of music to inspire you?

Answer Beethoven's Symphony No.5.

Question: What pieces would you share with people who want to discover more about orchestral music?

Answer Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty, the ballet music of Tchaikovsky.

Question: Is there a piece of advice you received from a music teacher/mentor that has always stayed with you?

Answer Always be properly prepared when performing.

Question: What instrument would you play if you couldn’t play your primary instrument?

Answer Piano.

Question: Which composer would you invite to a dinner party and why?

Answer Tchaikovsky.

Question: Where in the world would you most like to perform and why?

Answer Carnegie Hall in New York; Tchaikovsky was the special guest at the opening in 1891.

Question: Would you rather: that you sounded like a tuba when you sneezed, or sounded like a piccolo when you laughed?

Answer A tuba when I sneeze.

Question: Is there anything else you'd like to say?

Answer I thoroughly enjoyed my 27 years at Camberwell Grammar School as a music educator.