The Point of the Baton

John Hopkins with William Cottam

Cover of The Point of the Baton by John Hopkins with William Cottam

Point of the Baton 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.

About the author

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.

ISBN 978 0 7340 3772 5 | Paperback, xv, 244 p. | $20.00 AUD
ISBN 978 0 7340 3773 2 | Hardback, xv, 244 p. | $25.00 AUD

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