The conductor of this year’s Tait Memorial Trust concert on gender, education and musical styles.
It’s that time of year again in London when the beautiful concert hall at St. John’s Smith Square is taken over by the Australian Tait Memorial Trust. The venue will be filled with talented Australian musicians and singers, many having benefitted from a Tait music scholarship. November 30th will be an opportunity for audiences to hear a wonderful programme of music and spot the Australian stars of the future. If you are living in London or have friends over there, you should rush to get tickets.
Conducting and curating this concert will be the internationally acclaimed Australian-born conductor, Jessica Cottis. On a wet and stormy London morning we manage to Skype and I ask first about her involvement with the Tait Memorial Trust. “I sit on their advisory board and together we make the artistic decisions for programming concerts,” she says. “I benefitted from a Tait scholarship myself so feel really excited to be working with students and professionals who have come up through the same route.”
Cottis explains that postgraduate study in London is immensely popular with Australians. “It gives one of the best opportunities...