‘Beyond The Grace Note’ looks at the struggles and problems that many of the most famous female conductors in the world have had to face pursuing their chosen profession. The job itself is demanding enough but there are extra hurdles that women have to face. A man can be decisive but a woman is seen as bossy or overbearing. Her gestures are not firm enough for many musicians. And of course she cannot possibly tackle the more masculine classical repertoire like Beethoven or Verdi or Wagner or Rachmaninov.
Marin Alsop, Mirga Grazinte-Tyla, Xian Zhang, Jane Glover, Joana Carneiro, Sian Edwards and other conductors share their own paths to the podium.