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Our dedicated Hagley player, Haydn Thomas, has suggested I write about conductors, what’s the point of them; what do they do? This is a key question for me.
I began conducting small choirs when I was at school, progressing to amateur singers in church choirs and choral societies, and thence to string and full orchestras, and finally directing professional orchestras. I realised with professional musicians that my role differed from conducting amateurs in that the players expected interpretation and expression, rather than help with ensemble.
With HSO, our players having varied musical experience and instrumental technique, I hope my job is to share enthusiasm and understanding of the music we’re playing, and, listening carefully for any problems, deciding the appropriate way to suggest improvement. It’s as though I’m an Adult Further Education tutor underpinning my conducting experience. Thus preparation of the music’s score with its technical demands and deciding my interpretation, together with knowledge about the composer and possible reasons for its composition is essential – work that I love doing! Above all, I try to give a sense of achievement and fun in making music together. To ask Haydn if I’ve answered his request, please contact on 01562 885252; firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeremy Patterson - Conductor
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