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The Point of the Baton - John Hopkins

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The Point of the Baton - John Hopkins

Biography Publication year: 2009

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The Point of the Baton is the personal and surprisingly candid story of John Hopkins, from his first cello lesson at sixteen, to a 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 an inspiring teacher. This story recounts his experience with divas and artists - Stravinsky, Te Kanawa, Ashkenazy, Arrau, Menuhin, Kodaly, 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.


Publisher note

Lyrebird Press

Author note

Hopkins, John with Cottam, William

Dedication note

For my daughters, Clare, Sarah, Rebecca, Ruth and Rachel and in memory of their courageous mother, Rosemary - John Hopkins.