Notes from the Podium is a unique quarterly online periodical that publishes in-depth interviews with conductors from all over the world and all areas of the profession. Each interview focuses on a specific piece or musical genre, and the material is equally suited to professionals, students, or amateurs wishing to further their knowledge and skills. Notes from the Podium is used as a teaching resource at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and subscribed to by other universities and individuals in Europe, Canada and USA (including Carnegie Mellon) – each interview is researched to a level where it can also serve as a bridge between academia and the profession.
Issue 6 (October 2018) focused on the vocal/choral music of Austria and Germany, featuring Professor John Butt OBE, Hans Graf, Jakub Hrůša and George Jackson. Issue 7 (January 2019) is an All-American one including the internationally renowned conductor Leonard Slatkin (on Copland’s Third Symphony), Ben Palmer (on John Williams’s films with live orchestra) and Brett Mitchell (on Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F).
Accessing the wisdom of these most eminent professionals is affordable for everyone – this is main objective of the project. Individual membership is available as usual via this site (click on sign up/membership account) and gives access to all of the published interviews, regardless of what date you sign up. There is no contract and you can cancel at any time. If you are a student or an academic and would like more information on university/institution membership please contact email@example.com. Alternatively, if just a single interview is required for an academic project or personal interest, access to this can be purchased with a one-off payment.
Happy Reading (and conducting)!
Dr. Hannah Baxter – Director
‘Notes from the Podium is really a great service to our art’ Nurhan Arman, Musical Director of Sinfonia Toronto
‘A great resource all round!’ Professor John Butt OBE, Musical Director of Edinburgh’s Dunedin Consort, and Principal Artist with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
‘This is a beautifully presented website full of really interesting long reads. It’s rare to find unedited conversations with conductors talking in depth about the repertoire they love – and fascinating for any student of conducting, or indeed anyone with a general interest in music’ Paul Hoskins, Director of Music, Purcell School and Former Music Director of Rambert Dance Company
‘What in-depth interviews! Anyone who’s interested will find this very informative’ Danielle de Niese, Soprano
‘What a lovely useful periodical you’ve done. Fascinating how S’Mark’s personality comes zinging across…!’ Stephen Barlow, Artistic Director of the Buxton Festival
‘I think that the whole project is a brilliant idea’ Paul Murphy, Principal Conductor of Birmingham Royal Ballet