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

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

Programme notes

I have been writing programme notes for professional recitals for twenty years, for both chamber venues and orchestras. My notes are used by a range of venues including the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, BBC Proms, Salzburger Festspiele, Boulezsaal Berlin,  North Norfolk Music Festival, Ryedale Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Leeds International Piano Competition 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, I love engaging directly with audiences. I’ve given talks before and during performances, included straight and semi-staged readings; I’ve also interviewed performers and composers and run Q&A sessions with artists and audiences. And I give one-off talks or regular classes to specialist and non-specialist music groups. In particular, I’m a tutor at City Lit and a regular contributor to Music Talks in South Kensington. I also offer 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.

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