Interviewing Sir James MacMillan at the 2016 Ryedale Festival, © Gerard Collett

Interviewing Sir James MacMillan at the 2016 Ryedale Festival, © Gerard Collett

Programme notes

Katy has been writing programme notes for professional recitals for over ten years, and has provided notes for concerts by a wide range of artists, including Angela Hewitt, Colin Carr, Natalie Clein, Stephen Hough and The Prince Consort. Her notes are used by a range of venues, including the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, BBC Proms, Salzburger Festspiele, North Norfolk Music Festival, Ryedale Festival, Edinburgh International Festival and the Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham, who first employed her to write notes for them in 2004! If you would like to commission notes, please use the Contact Form to get in touch – length and level of detail are always matched to suit venue and audience preferences. An example set of notes is available to view here.

Pre-concert talks and other introductions to music

Listening to Katy Hamilton is always a treat. Her scholarship and skills of communication make an amazing combination. – Marryat Festival, 2017

In addition to writing notes, there is a huge range of other ways to engage with an audience, and Katy has given talks before and during performances; included straight and semi-staged readings; run Q&A sessions with artists; and also given one-off talks or regular classes to specialist and non-specialist music groups. In particular, she has is a tutor at City Lit, and a regular contributor to Music Talks in South Kensington. She also offers presentation skills sessions for musicians who want to build confidence in speaking to their audiences! Do get in touch if you’d like to know more. Upcoming talks are listed on the Events page.

This talk was given in 2013 at the Royal College of Music for the event Britten: An Exploration, featuring new compositions inspired by Britten’s Peter Grimes:

You can find other examples of talks and interviews around the web on the Weblinks page.