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Donald Runnicles, Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, discusses his approach to conducting, his relationship with the orchestra, personal techniques and describes how he would be able to identify a piece of music he had conducted through his bad habits! This clip features the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra rehearsing James MacMillan's 'The Confession of Isobel Gowdie'.
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14 September 2010

Classroom Ideas

This clip could be used to develop students understanding of a conductor. Students could then be set a small conducting task, where they have to lead an ensemble. After this, students could evaluate the importance of a conductor and the difficulties they may face.