On the Couch with Kathryn Stott

AAR Kathryn Stott by Jacqui Ferry Who is Kathryn Stott?
A mother, musician, teacher and Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Nothing! I love all elements of my life but only wish for more hours in the day.

Who inspires you and why?
I’m not inspired by any one person but frequently inspired by new collaborations, new conversations, all art forms but above all, nature and the planet we live on. It’s very special to be out in the world with eyes wide open.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Other than what I offer to the world as a musician, I would try to find the solution to homelessness which is a growing concern in so many countries. Sadly I don’t have the answer to this, but I do support charities who work hard in these areas.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Anywhere in Italy! I can’t get enough of this astonishing country and love everything about it, including location, food, the language and the people.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I would take them to the Cloud Bar. From here it’s possible to get a panoramic view of not only the city of Manchester, but the context of it being surrounded by the most spectacular countryside. A few cocktails are also never a bad idea!

What are you currently reading?
Too many emails! Short stories by Leo Tolstoy.

What are you currently listening to?
Apart from checking out a stack of repertoire I’m interested in programming for AFCM, I’m actually quite happy with some silence.

Happiness is?
Apart from catching up with my daughter, I love nothing better than a super long walk (up to 5 hours) with my working Cocker Spaniel, Archie. We’ve had some wonderful adventures out and about and he always makes me smile whatever is happening.

What does the future hold for you?
No idea! I’m trying to live more and more in the moment but it’s incredibly difficult when my life is so concerned with forward planning. Hopefully the future will exist.

Kathryn is the Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music – which takes place in Townsville: 26 July – 4 August 2019. For more information, visit: www.afcm.com.au for details.

Image: Kathryn Stott by Jacqui Ferry