Episode 3

Choral Music

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Clive Anderson hosts Maestro’s second studio challenge as six famous amateur conductors go head to head. This week the challenge is choral music as they conduct the BBC Concert Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Chorus. They perform in front of a pnel of internationally renowned judges before they face the orchestra vote and one will leave the competition for good.

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Judith, Washington, Tyne and Wear
I’m thoroughly enjoying the programme so far but feel I must take issue with the attitude of Katie’s mentor to her clothing. Any professional (or amateur) ensemble will notice what any conductor is wearing then get down to the business in hand. I think it’s insulting to the performers to suggest otherwise, especially at their level. Incidentally, my husband, a very keen amateur player, agrees so this isn’t just a female point of view. I got the impression that Katie herself was somewhat offended also.

Nicola, London
i luv jane asher and jane is an amazing lovely actress and i would like to meet her she amazing

Chris Poulten, Billericay, Essex
Attagirl, Sue! Best programme for a very, very long time, struck several chords with me and I am not the musician in my family - my brother is. Just keep improving as you are. Your comic timeing is kicking in automatically. A very moving programme - all of it.

Hanna, London
As someone who sings in Ivor Setterfield’s amateur choir, I can say that learning music and gaining understanding and appreciation of it under the guidance of such enthusiastic, tallented and passionate people is am amazing experience, and hope the show inspires more people to play music and sing.

John Underwood, London.
There are few opportunities for amateur conductors, but were one to be offered to a Maestro student, how well would they cope? I have had two forays into amateur conducting. In the seventies, I became, in the absence of anyone better, the musical director of a provincial opera company. Two days later I conducted a chorus rehearsal of German’s “Tom Jones” and, a few weeks later, on the day of the dress rehearsal had an hour to rehearse the professional orchestra. Later, in the nineties, I conducted an annual concert by a group of musicians and singers who assembled for three two-hour rehearsals and a concert, normal classical and romantic repertoire and programme. Had I had just one week of the excellent tuition provided by the mentors at an early stage of either of those, the results would have been even better (and less hard work). Does not the Maestro programme give a misleading idea that conducting is easy? The bits of the job that the students achieve are relatively easy, but it is the rest of it, particularly the interpretation of the music and the rehearsal of the performers which are the test, not to mention the need to keep up the concentration for an hour and a half, possibly after a long rehearsal earlier in the day?

Anne, Bristol
I’m really enjoying the programme, but I have to admit to being a bit concerned that Goldie will win merely because it would look a bit quirky that a DJ who doesn’t read music can conduct an orchestra … I also thought he wasn’t very impressive conducting - but he’s a big guy conducting a really big piece (which would have been loud, and forceful, and amazing whoever conducted it), and I can’t believe that the judges didn’t get that. Sue is by far the most musical, intelligent, focussed contestant. And, contrary to what people say about Goldie, she’s by far the most naturally gifted.

Clare, Oxford
Goldie is good… but not that good, and in this programme reveals himself as someone who really can’t take criticism. I hope that Zoe isn’t intimidated by the attitude of a couple of alpha males who are desperate to win. Shame that both Goldie and his mentor revealed less than pleasant aspects of their characters.

Phil James, Nottingham
I absolutely love the show - I never knew how much classical music I acually knew … or liked. Goldie is suberb and must take a lot of guts to get up there, coming from the D n’ B circles.

Bobby Jay, Guildford
I agree that it was probably the time for Bradley to go but I have noticed a rather insidious trend at the BBC. Apparently it is funny to make jokes about plumbers and Tesco’s and to mock those from a working class background. The last acceptable form of discrimination I fear. I have noticed it in a number of fields but thought this programme particularly highlighted this growing concern. It is all very unbecoming.

Love it - but really, an hour isn’t enough time to fit in everything. I would like to see more of the preparation and for the judges to be given a decent amount of time rather than constantly being cut short. Sue FTW!

Janet, Horsham
Alex James looked scared to death! And his heartfelt “Thank you” to the orchestra and singers as soon as they had finished was so lovely. I so want him to do well. Jane Asher gets right up my nose; I can’t believe she’s still there!

Dirk Wickenden, Maidstone
I have now watched through iPlayer this instalment and can say that Bradley was still treated unfairly, as much as Peter Snow was. Jane Asher should have gone last week, can’t believe she’s still in the running, she’s quite the worst of the contestants. However, Goldie deserved his high score - he clearly has a great sense of timing and rhythm.

Edward, Great Yarmouth
I agree with the correspondent who urged more “back-story” video of rehearsals and interaction with tutors. As for the suggestion of others that there could be an accompanying series like It Takes Two for the dancing, this will only happen when BBC becomes convinced that it could attract enough audience to justify a run of the series on BBC1.However, it is about time that the national broadcaster gives the field of classical music this much more attractive face to those who may never come to classical music otherwise. It informs and entertains. BRAVO!

Lorraine, Strathaven
I absolutely adore Goldie, what a find!! Fabulous show!

Trevor Harrison, Liverpool
I think ‘Maestro’ is one of the most entertaining classical music programmes I have seen for many years. Full marks to everyone involved.

Alan McDonald, Airdrie
Surprisingly brilliant!! I’m now a classical fan!

Wendy Waldock, Stafford
Bravo to Bradley Walsh conducting ‘Let My People Go!’ I’m a professional cellist, and have played in many orchestras. I was genuinely inspired by Bradley Walsh’s conducting - and his musicality has touched my heart.

Anon, London
Please could your search tabs for the Video Diaries include the choir - the BBC Symphony Chorus? It is not just a chorus, it is the BBC Symphony Chorus, visible and audible with the orchestra, but it has not been given search tabs. The Chorus must be a versatile group to appear in Maestro following on performances of Messiaen and Janacek! Interactive producer Graeme Kay replies: Viewers who would like to know more about the BBC Symphony Chorus can find their link here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/musictv/maestro/discover/, or go direct to http://www.bbc.co.uk/orchestras/symphonyorchestra/symphonychorus/index.shtml

Sharon, Preston
I am enjoying the series and the music. However this week’s episode was spoiled for me by the totally unnecessary inclusion of Goldie’s four letter words. As we all know, these types of programmes are interspersed with excerpts which have been filmed throughout the training week. If the editors and producers of a BBC programme cannot pick out examples of the contestants’ emotions and frustrations using legitimate expressions of our rich English language, I feel very let down and would suggest you find BBC personnel who have a better grasp of language. The subject of this programme allows no room for offensive language and broadcasting a disclaimer at the beginning of the programme does not excuse the BBC from creating such offence.

Anon, London
As a professional classical musician, I confess I tuned in for a good laugh. However, I’ve been conducted by some big names an awful lot less technically accomplished than both Goldie and Sue… I’m hooked to the end now.

Jonathan and Vicky, Leeds
Maestro is a revelation! Reality TV the way it should be, no puerile build ups from the likes of Ant & Dec or Davina are required when the quality is this good! As a couple who know nothing about classical music we have been sucked in by the beauty, energy, passion and delicacy of it all. Sue Perkins’s ‘Simpsons’ was a piece of tv history… spine tingling… Only gripe is the timing seems out, judges being rushed passed towards the end of the programme. Otherwise a stunning piece of TV. Bravo Beeb!

Jo, Bristol
I can’t help it but I loved Alex’s,”Dies irae.” It was rubbish, technically. The timings were abysmal but it filled me with great, great joy and hope for thngs to come. I’m sure that this was Verdi’s aim.

Mary, London
I wish the series would give us a clearer sense of what a conductor does.I get the feeling that the programme makers are afrais to show detail; how to balance one section against another, how to sort out tuning etc. it doesn’t have to be boring - just a few glimpses. For example,it would be really cool if the two judges who are instrumentalists took their places in the pickup orchestras who help the “celebs” to rehearse, and showed us what it’s like to be on the receiving end. It would only have to be a short film sequence within the programme - a minute and a half, maybe. I’m completely in favour of the idea of the programme - just wish it was braver, and therefore better.

Mrs I.R. Noble. Buckingham
Listening to the performances and to the views of my daughter who was in the choir, it would appear to us that Bradley Walsh did not deserve to be eliminated. One judge seems to be dazzled by personalities and his comments last week about Bradley Walsh were harsh to say the least and unfortunately not justified by explanation. Could we see one programme when the judges do not have the opportunity to see who is conducting, but to evaluate on the sound of the performance and the interpretation, please?

Dirk Wickenden, Maidstone
I haven’t watched this episode yet, now without intending to, I see Bradley’s gone, despite he has been the best one of the lot! I’m thinking of not bothering with the rest of the series nor seeing the live conducting at the Proms for the winner, since the whole thing is a fix by the stuck up programme makers and so-called ‘judges’.

Heather, Winchester
This is an excellent programme - I’ve learnt a huge amount about music by watching it. Thanks to whoever dreamed up this idea - it’s brilliant. I think Goldie and Sue Perkins both deserve to win.

Mrs P Hunt, Derbyshire
Why is Dominic Seldis always commenting about Jane Asher’s appearance? How she looks is totally irrelevant to the ethos of the programme. He seems to be voting on who he likes, not on their ability, ence his appallingly low marks for Bradley Walsh.

Sally, Oxfordshire
My same is Sally, doing GCSE Music. Isn’t the conductors work with the orchestra behind the scenes 99.9% of the job? All the footage I have seen of a rehearsal is the conductor trying to keep with the orchestra, when surely a conductor’s job is to work with them and tell them how they would like the work to be played. How can waving around the baton in time with the orchestra be counted as conducting?

Lewis Catto, Aberdeen
It’s fixed! Bradley was far better than Alex and Goldie. As a trained musician I believe that this show is fixed, just like many other shows, which detracts from the enjoyment!

Seona Dunsmuir, Orkney
Yes, I agree with the surprised comments of those who think Bradley’s performance was the most genuine tonight and with no small degree of competence. A shame yes that he felt he needed to try to read the score, but he got the entries, shaped the phrases very well in both orchestra and choir, and contrary to what he said about himself gave a very musical performance. I couldn’t understand the judges attitude coming down so hard on him. Alex James seems a bit overawed and tired, but I love watching his intense effort and tonight by the end of the piece he was beginning to use his left hand to really good effect, I’d like him to relax now, with no less concentration but a bit less anxiety. Go Alex! Goldie, well, I hope the baton will help him, personally I like his free hands! - next week’s challenge will really sort the pack!

Susan Paton
The competition has lost a star!! Bradley Walsh’s entertaining antics have had me in stitches for the last three weeks. He has been the highlight of the show for me and I am ALSO a classical music lover and player! He did very well last night and did not deserve to go. Last night’s after-performance antics had me falling off my seat with laughter. God bless you Bradley - you may not be the world’s best conductor, but as an entertainer, you’re world class!! Give him his own show! Thanks for some GREAT TV!!

Emily Van Cauter, Belgium
First of all I must say how much I enjoy these series! Great work BBC, jolly nice show. Only a few comments, the last episode (episode 3) felt a bit rushed, Clive Anderson pointed out (several times) to move forward, and not allowing all the judges to have their say. I understand that not everything can fit into one episode but there’s no need to “rush” the presenting. Feels a bit uncomfortable. Though I like Clive Anderson, unlike some people here who dislike his “trying to be funny” I quite appreciate him. And I must agree with someone here who said it would be more interesting to get some more “back-story” of the contestants’ progress in the episode, much like in the first episode. The last two felt a bit commercial with just the conducting, the judges scores and voting off, a bit like a “dancing with the stars” type of show. Nonetheless, love the show. Can’t wait for the next episode.

Bryan Organ, South Staffordshire
This programme is fantastic, I sit watching/listening to wonderful music, performed brilliantly, and at times with my hands conducting, the whole experience has given me a great insight into the conductor’s powers. Well done BBC!

Andrew Muir, Maidstone
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE can we have this show again but with better judges? Hearing Sir Roger say to one of the contestants “I’d like to see your hands flow more…” without any explanation of why, or what he thought it would achieve, reminded me of the kind of vacuous instruction I dislike in bad conductors. And why are the scores so worryingly dissimilar? Conducting is (according to all the experts who have commented on this) a technical discipline as much as an artistic one - and in the time available to the contestants it is impossible to imagine anything other than technical instruction really having an effect. Apart from in the case of Sue Perkins, of course, who is already at “postgraduate level”, to borrow a phrase from one of last night’s judges. More technical judging, please, and much less ability range from the contestants - and you’d have one more regular viewer. At least.

Alex, London
I loved the Confutatis from Mozart’s Requiem that Katie conducted. The highlight of the series so far for me. As has been said before this and the previous episode could have done with being a bit longer, but it’s still a great programme. Thanks.

Hazel Litteljohn
This programme is absolutely fantastic, I am hooked and conducting in my seat! I want to have a go!!!

Kevin, Worcester
Another good episode that increased the complexity of the task for the student maestros; we are now beginning to see the differences between them. As last time, the quick cutting between shots can become distracting where I’d like to see more focus on the conducting. It was nice to see the orchestra showing their approval after some of the performances.

Pete Cross, Waterlooville
Sheer joy! Delighted - whoever picks the music has gone for popular classics - great contestants and even Clive Anderson is funny for a change. I would imagine personalities will be desperate to be on further series of the programme. A “clubby” dj Goldie and a classical orchestra working so well together - as a dj myself you’ve done us proud!! Good luck to all on the show and thanks for the pleasure you must be bringing to so many viewers - as for a winner, its got to be either Sue or Goldie on past form - apologies to my neighbours for the Verdi at full volume last night!!

James Mavor, Sevenoaks
This is a great series spoilt only by Clive Anderson’s inability to refrain from making inane, unfunny comments and thereby denying the judges sufficient time to comment on each performance themselves. Please shut him up or remove him!

Lucy, Derbyshire
Such a shame Bradley Walsh left. I know he wasn’t the best (still good though!) but he was hilariously entertaining and that is, after all, what matters. I demand this be made available on dvd!! SUE OR GOLDIE TO WIN

Alan Harrison, Sheffield
Anyone thought of having ordinary people doing this show rather than celebrities for the next series?

Anon, London
I was part of the choir in this programme, and I and many of my fellow singers agree with other comments here that it would be good to see more of the contestants’ preparation in each week’s show. We didn’t realise until our rehearsal with them how much they get a chance to actually shape the performance, rather than stepping up to conduct a pre-prepared choir and orchestra - seeing this would give the audience a much greater insight into their true conducting talents. We also agree that we should have been able to vote!

Jean, Winchmore Hill, London
An absolutely thoroughly enjoyable programme - I feel totally involved. I am most surprised, since I do not read music and I find music so emotionally powerful I normally avoid it. Thank you to all involved, those who devised it and those who agreed to take part.

M Wilson, Workington
Any chance of a cd coming out ? Interactive producer Graeme Kay replies: Thanks. I’m not aware of any plans for a CD at the moment …

Ann Caro, Cheltenham
There is no need to make every programme “funny”. This is extremely interesting in its own right and the judges need to be allowed to make informed comments without being endlessly interrupted. More insights into the rehearsal process would be welcome.

Jacqueline, London
Bradley did a very creditable job last night. His performance was clear, thoughtful and well-judged. Perhaps it lacked the intensity the piece needed but it was extremely commendable. I don’t know what Roger Norrington was thinking as he dismissed his efforts so bluntly (what was that about not wanting to humiliate the students?). Having watched Bradley, from inside the rehearsal choir (last Thursday and Saturday before the programme) there is no doubting his seriousness and dedication. The judges got this totally wrong last night. Alex, despite his charisma and passion, hasn’t the basic skills yet. Why didn’t the choir vote along with, or instead of the orchestra? I think this programme is struggling to take itself seriously. It’s hard to know what criteria the judges are using and like many other comments here we are missing most of the story by not being able to watch them in rehearsal building up their skills, working with their (excellent) mentors, developing an understanding of the music etc.

Andrew, Leeds
I enjoy the show a great deal - although the choice of some contestants is a touch random. Goldie’s more than makes up for it, though. I was quite pleased by how annoyed and touchy he gets when criticised - it makes him more like a real conductor! You can’t imagine any musician piping up from the back row with “I don’t like your squid propulsion hands” and not getting a baton through the forehead for their trouble. Granted, it does make him seem haughty and full of himself but then the conductor is one ego versus an entire orchestra’s worth! Highlight of the series so far? Zoe Martlew’s expression in Episode 2 when Sue Perkins asks if the suggestion of aromatherapy and a hot bath is a proposition. Priceless.

Felicity, Guildford
Bradley Walsh has shown more consistency in terms of improvement and conducting ability out of all of them. Goldie is overrated, Jane is just dancing her way through the programme, Katie is too uptight … a poor decision all round in my opinion. It’s hard to believe this is objective when you see who’s still standing in this?

Anon, Mirfield, West Yorkshire
Thank goodness. Now we are rid of Bradley and David, the show will step up a level. I am surprised how fascinated I have been by it. Looking forward to the next episode.

Betty Cochrane, Livingston
What a fascinating series of programmes for classical music lovers and a superb way to bring beautiful and brilliant music to the masses. More of this please, BBC. I absolutely loved the second episode with the fantastic choral singing.

Mrs Emma Peel, Newcastle upon Tyne
Best performance of the series! Goldie’s blistering, powerhouse conducting performance of O Fortuna from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff was, I thought, the best of the entire series so far - for it produced the most explosive, exciting and incredible BBC Concert orchestral and Symphonic choral sound I’ve heard in this series - absolutely magnificent! This 3rd episode of choral music matched the superb, high quality of the first show.

Hazel, Wakefield
What a pity the members of the choir did not get a vote this time!

Heather, Malvern
I have sung in choirs under many conductors, good and mediocre, and I am astounded and fascinated at the learning curve followed by the contestants. It’s the most enthralling series in a long time, and you can see how life-changing it is for each of them, and how passionate they are to go forward, even if they feel the need to hide it, like Bradley.

DM, Leeds
Please don’t grey out the person who lost the last episode in the banner - it rather spoils the excitement of watching the contest! Thanks Interactive producer Graeme Kay replies: Thanks for your comment DM. We ‘grey out’ the exiting student at the same time as we announce, via a news story, the result of each episode - ie straight after transmission. I understand that this might ruin the suspense for viewers of the BBC 4 repeat, however I don’t think we can sit on the news until the repeat has been broadcast. I’m afraid BBC 4 viewers may have to ‘look away now’ ie not visit the site until after their viewing. But do please come back!

Anon, Wallasey, Merseyside
Would you consider using Elgar’s Enigma Variation, “Nimrod”? I often conduct this with the imaginary orchestra in my living room. It really is a great piece, isn’t it? It seems to me to involve careful climax building and plenty of communication with timps, brass, strings. … and is so very moving. Loving the programme. Would love to see more of the individual training sessions and get a better feel of the journeys. Maybe that would need to involve an ancillary programme akin to the “It Takes two” dancing programme that went with Celebrity Come Dancing. David Soul had a real feel, but seemed to languish and not properly drive the orchestra along. He didn’t seem to quite get that. Bradley was getting it and was starting to get serious, but went out tonight. Shame that. I am not that impressed with Jane. Katie really surprised me with the Mozart Requiem, seemed to take control. Sue is terrific, I must admit, but I agree that the light and shade/ tension must now come; I found that she hit a plateau. All in all marvellous! I am living my own conducting fantasy through this programme

Jane Jordan
Please can you list the pieces of music played by each of the celebrities - there are pieces that I absolutely love but I’m not enough of a classical music buff to know their real names and want to put them on my iPod. Interactive producer Graeme Kay replies: Thanks for your enquiry, Jane (and others). Music details are always posted after the transmissions. Just click on the ‘About the music’ link under the episode promo on the home page, or go straight to http://www.bbc.co.uk/musictv/maestro/episodes/about-the-music/#choral-music.

Robert Kenchington, Stamford
I’m very sorry to see Bradley Walsh leave the contest. A great character with a natural charisma and sense of fun; perfect ingredients for the programme. Meanwhile, although I was pleased to see the jury had warmed up since last week I sensed a touch of the green-eyed monsters when it came to judging Jane Asher’s performance. I felt her elegant and dignified account of ‘Zadok the Priest’ was spot on. I’m afraid all that nonsense from the judges about ‘finding an inner sound’ was just psychobabble to me. Still, another enjoyable evening and it has been interesting to see how each ‘student’ has progressed over the course of the week - including Bradley Walsh.

Jel, Swansea
We clearly have two competent conductors here - the question is, do we learn from the sad commercial fate of techno that melody, harmony and phrasing are more important than rhythm and tempo, or whether rubato rules. Because this is what it will come down to: can Goldie charm, or will Sue last longer tha a quickie? The point is that although some are handling the learning curve better than others (or rather, have already done it in a different medium), the marking also reflects the difficulty of the task set relative to the conductor’s skills. There are three skill levels in marking most of these pieces, which translate as novice (sounds a bit like the bog-standard recording, which is hardly surprising given the orchestra can and often does perform them in their sleep), pass-mark (ie I’ve said something banal) and excellent (tone-colour and phrasing bring out a new facet of the crystal).

Leah, Manchester
I too think the show is rushed, a lot more could be made of it! The amount of air time compared to other “reality” shows really annoys me!! The music is wonderful, the judges are amazing and the students are doing such a fab job!! They need more air time to show us just what they can do!!

Vincent T Brennan, St.Helens, Merseyside
To all budding conductors (especially choral): I have just learned more in one week at the Hereford International Summer School (held this year at Shrewsbury School) than I have learned in 5 years of amateur conducting and in a lifetime of choral singing. Tutor Keith Orrell is an inspiration!

Joe, London
Love this show. Thought Sue was excellent again tonight, helped by an amazing piece of music. Goldie needs to calm down and learn to take some criticism. He was so obviously still annoyed about last week’s comments about his hands. I think he’s a bit overrated by the panel and a wee bit full of himself. Jane Asher seems to have lost it a bit too. Alex and Jane likely to go next week. Wish the episodes were 90 mins and that there were many more weeks of the show to come …

Kate, Cheltenham
Fabulous! Really entertaining. The only programme on the television in ages that I am NOT prepared to miss. Would like to see more of the practice sessions and the advice the tutors are giving. Clive Anderson is an excellent choice of presenter. But shame he has to hurry the feedback so much. Maestro could easily be at least quarter of an hour longer.

Anon, Frinton-on-Sea
Hey, my names Grant Scott. I’m 14 and love this show my favourite maestro is Bradley Walsh, but he is no longer in the show. I’ll carry on watching, though, as it helps me express my musical side to things. I need to improve my music as I have taken it for GCSEs.

Angela Crawford, Nottingham
Well done, Lady judges, I really agree with you on tonight’s performance by Bradley, such a great improvement and given with such sincerity and feeling. What a pity the orchestra did not agree. Ah well, we know who should be eliminated next!!! Thanks for a great programme.

Joanne Fogo, Failsworth, Manchester
The format for the programme is ridiculously rushed. Those watching love the music and it should not be cut short. The fact that the judges don’t even get to comment on all of the students illustrates that this has been squashed into a format and time slot that is not appropriate. Please re-think this for the next series, which I hope is in the planning!

Patrick Des Marez, Kortrijk, Belgium
Sadly, from Belgium I cannot re-live some of the superb moments of the better performances. Is this Europe … Interactive producer Graeme Kay replies: Thanks for your comment, Patrick. Unfortunately we are unable to display the videos outside the UK because the copyright agreements for the music and the artists do not extend beyond UK boundaries.

Dave, Essex
How can you give Goldie 8s and 9s when he doesn’t even beat the right time signature for O Fortuna? 6/4 is not 3/4! As for the remarks about Bradley - he’s the only one who came close to conducting both the orchestra and choir - how he can go when those no-hopers Alex and Jane can stay is crazy …

Lynn Hays, Chingford
I’m loving this programme. Really love Goldie. Just wish we got to watch more of the contestents training. Why does it have to be squashed to an hour?? Surely an extra half an hour can be found. I want to hear the comments as well and hear the well deserved applause for the amazing contestants.

Steve Davy, Lincoln
When you can teach a chimpanzee to conduct an orchestra, preferably while skating on ice, then you will get me to watch. In the meantime I suggest you overpaid programme-makers put that thing called your imagination to work and come up with something original in the way of a new and interesting format for programming. I expect boring and formulaic of Hollywood… but not of the BBC. Sad, repetitive … and oh! so sad.

Jeanette McDougall, Aberdeen
I love it. I want to conduct an orchestra - it would be an amazing journey!

Jackie, Kingston upon Hull
As a choral singer and a sometime choral conductor (very beginning level), I cannot wait to see how the conductors manage this week’s pieces.

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