Thinking of applying for The Sydney Piano Lovers’ Competition? We asked Brian Goddard, a retiree in Merredin WA, about his experience in 2020.
Why did you apply for The Sydney Piano Lovers’ Competition in 2020?
I applied for The Sydney Piano Lovers’ Competition in 2020 because it seemed so unique, giving an opportunity for older people to compete.
What was it like preparing for the competition?
Preparing for the competition wasn’t difficult because I chose two pieces that I thought, were within my ability. I didn’t want to spend arduous hours of practice. There was not much time to prepare. The idea of operforming by video also seemed less daunting, even though new for me.
What is your profession? Have you always had a passion for piano?
I am a retired Music Teacher, a profession I entered into half way through my working life. I have always had a fascination of the piano since I was a child; perhaps it was like an escape from reality. I did have a fortunate upbringing.
Did you play the piano often previous to the competition?
I played the piano almost daily previous to the competition, but never for long hours. However I always strived to be a better pianist, so also like to look on playing as a discipline. I didnt take my playing for granted and thought there was always room for improvement. Applying for the competition has given me a reason to practise harder but never to spoil my love of music, and thus so far, I have entered for close to the minimum of five minutes in preference to going for a longer time.
Would you recommend for others to apply for the next edition of the competition? Why/why not?
I would recommend others to apply for the 2022 competition, just to try for the experience and see how they like it; and there is a certificate plus an adjudicators’ written appraisal.