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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; sanhay50@gmail.com

Jeremy Patterson - Conductor

Hagley String Orchestra

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