Notes upon Notes is run by the writer/editor Joanna Wyld, who writes programme and CD liner notes on all genres of music.
Joanna Wyld has written several hundred notes covering the spectrum of musical styles and repertoires, including: classical, pop, nostalgia, folk and music for children. Notable commissions include:
- Radu Lupu and the Philharmonia at the Southbank Centre
- Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Bach Weekend at the Barbican
- An article for the Royal Opera House’s production of The Monstrous Child
- An article on music and war for the London Sinfonietta’s Remembrance concerts
- Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony for the RLPO 175th Anniversary concerts
- The UK premiere of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony orchestrated by Mahler
- John Cage Night at the Queen Elizabeth Hall
- BBC Proms Family Intro notes
- BBC Radio 3 lunchtime concerts at LSO St Luke’s, including a series by Nicola Benedetti
Joanna Wyld was invited to make a Southbank Centre video introducing the music featured in ‘An Evening with Danielle de Niese’ at the QEH, for which Joanna also wrote the programme notes.
Joanna has written the libretto for Robert Hugill’s new chamber opera, The Gardeners to be premiered at Conway Hall on 18 June 2019. Conductor Will Vann described The Gardeners as “a tightly written, dramatic new chamber opera that will be performed with a top ranking, young cast of singers from a variety of backgrounds. The subject matter of the piece is particularly contemporary, relevant and hard-hitting, with a superb libretto by Joanna Wyld. The scoring is innovative, dynamic and flexible. This is an excellent new work that I hope will enter the modern opera repertory and receive many more performances.”
Please donate to support the opera’s premiere here.
Other artists for whom Joanna Wyld has written include the BBC Orchestras, the Hallé, the LSO, RLPO, RPO, the Nash Ensemble, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Tamara Stefanovich, Barbara Bonney, Julia Fischer, Dame Felicity Lott, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Pascal Rogé, Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley, Harry Enfield, Shirley Bassey and Bobby McFerrin.
Joanna was invited to fact-check a forthcoming music book written by pianist James Rhodes, and has conducted interviews with percussionist Evelyn Glennie, violinists Viktoria Mullova and Lisa Batiashvili, the conductor/composer Stephen Barlow, and the author Michael Morpurgo (Children’s Laureate 2003–5), who described her work as “wonderful.”
Joanna won the 2014 Oxford University Press spoof Grove Dictionary article competition, also winning the second and third runner-up places. She was commended by the judges for her “inspired” entries, and for making them “laugh out loud”.
Concerts for which Joanna has written programme notes can be found here.