Wrong Sex, Wrong Instr...
Wrong Sex, Wrong Instrument
Now retired and no longer silenced by a contract, Maggie Cotton presents an honest and long-overdue player's perspective of life inside a professional symphony orchestra, describing how she became the first female percussionist in what was initially a staunchly male-dominated world. Now retired after forty years with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Maggie gives...more
ebook, 477 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Apex Publishing
(first published December 31st 1969)
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A riveting book for any musician to enjoy with a genuine behind the scenes account of the CBSO under Simon Rattle and others. Plenty of personal details to keep it interesting too. The inspirational Maggie is obviously extremely talented and strong minded but caring in very many areas yet she manages to write without seeming pretentious or arrogant. My only criticism is that the book is a few chapters too long. It seemed to come to a natural end at one point then felt as if she couldn't bear to...more