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The Point of the Baton: Memoir of a Conductor

The Point of the Baton is a memoir of conductor John Hopkins (with William Cottam), a personal and surprisingly candid story of his extraordinary career.

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The Point of the Baton: Memoir of a Conductor (John Hopkins, with William Cottam) is the personal and surprisingly candid story of John Hopkins, from his first cello lesson at sixteen, to Chief Conductor of the BBC at 24, “Mr. Music” of New Zealand, Federal Director of ABC music, founding Dean of Music at the Victorian College of the Arts, Director of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and ever an inspiring teacher. This story recounts his experience with divas and artists—Stravinsky, Te Kanawa, Ashkenazy, Arrau, Menuhin, Kodály, and Oistrakh—and his experiences conducting in Soviet Moscow, in Mao’s China, and of taking orchestral music to the dangerous townships of South Africa immediately after apartheid ended.

William Cottam is the author of several essays and memoirs. he first met John Hopkins in 1994 in South Africa and they have been firm friends ever since.

Published: 2009

Paperback & Hardback, xv, 244 p.

ISBN: 978 0 7340 3772 5 (Paperback)

ISBN: 978 0 7340 3773 2 (Hardback)

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