Episode 2

Music for Film and TV

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Clive Anderson hosts Maestro’s first live studio challenge as seven famous amateurs with a passion for classical music do battle with their batons conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra.

In the second round of this knock out competition the students step up to the podium to conduct music for film and television in front of the panel of expert judges - conductors Sir Roger Norrington and Simone Young, double bassist Dominic Seldis, composer and cellist Zoe Martlew - before the orchestra votes and one of the students leaves the competition for good.

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Comments

Jo, London
David was robbed! He was fantastic the night he got booted out. What were those judges listening to? Also he looked so good, I bet the viewing figures went down after he left!

LFM, Edinburgh
People might want to look at a fascinating discussion over on the ‘Cognitive Daily’ site about “what conductors are doing and what we get out of it” linked here: http://scienceblogs.com/cognitivedaily/2008/08/what_conductors_are_doing_when.php#more

TB, Lymington
Lovely programme spoilt by timing, not the conductors but producers and Clive Anderson having to rush and cut people short. Should be at least 90 minutes, and not truncated.

Kate, London
Thought the orchestra were crazy to vote off David Soul - he had the most character and passion out of them all and didn’t deserve to go. The voting was also very unfair as half the orchestra didnt work with him so how could they compare? Very disappointing. Am now reluctant to carry on watching after the outcome of last week’s show. Sue to win - she’s fab!

Emma Clarke, London
I am absolutely loving this series - Love the music - love the celebs - love the fact it’s intelligent programming at its absolute best!!!!! Well done BBC!

Tracy Johnson, Blackpool
Found it by accident and I think it will unfold into a programme better than any drama I have witnessed for a long time. Where do I buy a baton?

Anne-Marie, London
Goldie is naturally gifted, however, as with most “creative” activities, he will be at the mercy of pedants who think that there is only one way to succeed in expression … their way. This art is currently their preserve, with all kinds of barriers to entry (Goldie can’t read music - clearly this hasn’t made one bit of difference to his current success. He makes “funny” hand gestures … clearly the orchestra understands). I am going to be amazed if he puts up with pathetic comments from people who are clearly less gifted than he is (they probably were not as good as he is after the equivalent amount of expended effort/training), who only want to preserve their worth and cannot have a little upstart prove their current rules as being ridiculous or at least applicable only to the mediocre. Don’t worry, they will probably wear him down and he’ll leave … I won’t blame him.

Mrs Jeffery, Cardiff
Why are the pieces given to each contestant so different in difficulty? A Strauss waltz is very tricky to conduct, with lots of rubato etc; as is the Barber. But, Sue Perkins who has Grade 8, apparently, is given much simpler pieces to conduct! We know this is “entertainment” for the masses, but it is misleading and unfair. More equality please!

Walter Hill, Dublin
I love the series. It is a very brave and interesting attempt to reach a wider audience that may be swayed towards the beauty and importance of classical music for the common man or woman.

David, London
Bradley was taking the P*ss - he tried to turn it into a personal comedy gig rather than take the conducting seriously. He should have gone, purely on rubbish attitude.

Ellajo, London
Goldie… out-sounds them all - with a real, raw, natural understanding and feeling for music. The white, middle class elitists must be apoplectic with rage at Goldie’ ability. Goldie demonstrates that the creating of theoretical frameworks, signs and symbols are meaningless when it comes to understanding and feeling music. Music is innate and clearly, signs, symbols and baton waving are, as Goldie proves, totally unnecessary….Go Goldie!

Vicky, Bury
What a fantastic idea for a show. Looking forward to next week! The choice of music is excellent and it makes music accessible. I think all the celebrates taking part are doing and excellent job it must be so difficult. Keep up the good work.

Jenny, Felixstowe
No clever quotes from me. Just to say that I am really enjoying the programmes. They’re exciting, absorbing and fun!

Juliet Davison - London
Dominic should be replaced as a judge frankly. I think he is just trying to make a name for himself - the attack on Bradley was ridiculous, despite his conducting skills being pretty poor. I was slightly disappointed that the show has now become a mini-X Factor. Judges should stick to being constructive and helpful rather than rude and personal. Simone retained her dignity, and Zoe almost did. The training footage from ep 1 was so interesting with input from the contestants and rather than a scary live show maybe the series should have stuck to that format. Still, Sue did very well this week and my money is on her to win the competition, but the piece she had was easier, say, than Mambo (Jane’s). Clearly Jane could not shake off her tension and fear of the piece, and therein lay her problems. Roger Norrington was talking rubbish saying that Mambo could conduct itself - I know a number of conductors who guffawed at that remark!

Gill Macfarlane. Reading,Berkshire
David Soul expressed such emotion and passion and was obviously taking the whole experience very seriously. He should not have been voted off! Much better than Bradley Walsh!

Dirk Wickenden, Maidstone
I caught the latter part on BBC4 last night and will watch the whole of ep 2 on iPlayer. But what I saw appalled me on a number of levels. Firstly, it was billed as music for film and TV. Yet all it was, apart from the very lethargic performance of Danny Elfman’s The Simpsons (I blame the orchestra actually), it was nothing more than standard concert hall (the term classical is a misnomer, as it refers to a period in musical history) repertoire, not music composed for the medium. Bradley Walsh was the best of the part I saw, his stick technique showed the time signature clearly; the judges are stuck up musical snobs who really know nothing. Idiots the lot of them and also Clive Anderson, who again had to get in the thing about ‘Sue Perkins is a grade 8 piano’ - grades matter not one jot - it makes for musical snobbery.

Andy, Southend-on-Sea
I play in one of the orchestras with which the trainees rehearse. It’s very clear that the standard of mentoring is variable - this is unfair. It might be fairer if the mentors had been rotated, or if the trainees were taught in a group as well as individually. None of the contestants so far have demonstrated even a rudimentary ability to maintain a consistent and clear beat pattern. They seem to be overly concerned with ‘displaying emotion’, rather than with mastering a meaningful stick technique. They’re all giving the impression that they’re learning to jiggle about on the rostrum in time with the music. They all look ridiculous, in varying degrees. Why havn’t they been taught basic stuff like clear (albeit expressive) beat patterns, left/right independence, keeping the left hand out of the way, keeping the beat in the frame, not turning their backs to the players, standing upright, not bobbing up and down or wiggling about (shoulders, elbows and hips especially), keeping the beat flowing, mental subdivision of the beats to maintain tempo etc etc. The technically hard bits (corners) - ie tempo changes, pauses, restarts etc have not been mastered - priority is given to meaningless choreography. If this programme is indicative of the standard of teaching in the UK then it might partly explain why we have a shortage of good conductors.

Graham Hoskins, Skeyton, Norfolk
Please do not go down the path of being rude to contestants - this series is excellent but should remain an enjoyable experience for all. Conducting is not easy and helpfull suggestions and criticisms should be welcome - but not Dominic’s rude and unnecessary attitude.

Cecilia, Watford
I was in Watford Youth Orchestra and was conducted by David Soul. Just wanted to say he was really good and we enjoyed working with him. Good luck :-)

Kara, Leeds
It’s a good reality TV format (and what a relief that it’s not the public who vote - although I agree with a comment below about mimicking X Factor-style criticism) What, however, is going on with the camera work? Most of the time, the contestants’ hands are not in shot when they’re conducting, and the camera direction overall has a limited-attention-span quality. Please sort it out!

Michela, Hampshire
What a great programme! I enjoyed the first episode immensely; I would have liked a bit more of the “behind the scenes” through the learning process in the second, which is what made the first instalment so interesting. Hopefully we’ll get a bit more of that in the next episode. Shame about David Soul leaving. I thought he did well and found Jane Asher far less convincing. As a Blur fan I am rooting for Alex all the way and as a classical music enthusiast I enjoyed this evening of wonderful music. Keep it up!

Janice Toomey, Newark DE, previously Highnam, GLOS
I’m so annoyed. We lived in the UK and now are moving back to the US and cannot watch Maestro on BBC online. Why NOT???? Please make this and other programmes available.

Maggie Hartigan, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear
I absolutely adore this programme - never imagined conducting could be so very hard. Every person involved has been great; sad to lose Peter Snow so early!! Sue Perkins and Goldie are my two favourites. Jane Asher is stunning. Good panel and Clive is at his humorous best. Can’t wait for next week.

Dave, Crawley
I’m really enjoying the show - though I must agree that an hour isn’t long enough. We need to see more of the learning that is going on. Also - I’m really enjoying the game on the site. Any chance of more than the 2 scores to play on? I’d like something with a woodwind section.

Stephen, London
What the hell’s going on? Episode 1 was a fascinating insight into conducting technique. Episode 2 is just The X-Factor for the middle classes. Why can’t we see more footage of the contestants with their mentors, learning to advance their styles and skills, finding out more about the music? Why can’t we even see it on the website? I don’t want a talent contest, I want an informative documentary which brings us, the viewers, into the conductor’s world through the experiences of the contestants. Episode 2 was a real let-down. The BBC’s so afraid of classical music; it always has to apologise for it, or make a joke out of it. The viewers are more intelligent and discerning than they’re given credit for.

Andrew Loose, Cwmbran
I really do not understand the judges. They say one thing and then the numbers do not relate to their comments. For example, the comments on Goldie’s hands, and then he gets a high mark. As for Jane, she did not not conduct the piece at all. So how was it that she got such high marks? David was certainly wongfully dismissed in Episode 2 - he showed a depth of feeling in his conducting of a very challenging piece. Bradley was the easiest to follow as far as clarity of beats was concerned. As for Sue and the Simpsons, that performance would have happened anyway - there was little genuine input from her. The judges - professional musicians - MUST explain themselves more clearly if the integrity of what promises to be an excellent series is to be maintained. (Or is this like Ice Skating where it seems the judges have decided in advance who is going to win?)

R Sinden, Hereford
A great disappointment that the production team are turning what might have been a thought-provoking and stimulating programme into yet another lightweight and dumbed down example of Reality TV. Less of the jokes. Let the panel have their say.

David, Swindon
Interesting that David Soul got voted off by the orchestra when he only conducted the string section. Did the wind/percussionists feel left out of that really good performance and so voted for that buffoon Bradley Walsh? Sue Perkins was amazing, and I disagree that the Simpsons was easier than the other pieces… the syncopation and general all-over-the-place-ness of the piece made it, in my view, one of the more difficult pieces.

Antonia, London
Why doesn’t this website give details of the actual music the contestants are conducting? This programme probably does a lot to increase interest in classical music but I can’t even find out what David Soul conducted this week…?! Interactive producer Graeme Kay reples: Hello Antonia. If you click on the link which says “About the music” which appears on the Home Page under each episode, you’ll find details of all the music, together with a sound clip.

Jan Waldstein
Anyone who has deep knowledge of conductors and orchestral music from the past 100 years or so certainly feels the list rich but incomplete. Each omitted conductors’ talent and nuance has brought so much relevant emotion that to simply pick one of the listed leaves the sensation of betraying the joyful memories the “unlisted” have bestowed.

Ellajo, London, UK
Goldie has demonstrated that his “sound pictures” allow him to conduct and interpret music brilliantly. I have been enormously impressed and moved by his sheer genius. I am so very happy that Maestro has brought classical music to the masses and Goldie has shown that music is for us all irrespective of class, status or education. I want the elitism of music removed and this series is doing just that. Goldie gets my vote. He’s wonderful and I hope he wins.

Alan Lumb
I was fascinated by the first show but disappointed by the second. In the first I was surprised by how much I learnt about conducting. In the second I learnt much less as the tuition sessions were truncated and reduced to entertainment. The first set an excellent standard for an educational programme. You learnt through enjoyment. Please can the educational element be restored so we can see how they have improved for ourselves. To carry on in the mode of show 2 is to focus viewers on the score, not the developing skill.

B R Thorne, Blandford
Sue Perkins appeared to be waving her arms around like a demented lunatic, if she had to conduct a full length orchestral piece, she would be unable to keep going. David Soul shouldn’t have gone; he seemed to have the potential to win it.

Ruth Jenkins, Cheshire
I have never been so angry and disappointed as I was after last night’s result. I cannot believe that the orchestra voted off David Soul after leading a beautiful rendition of his piece. Bradley Walsh was completely out of his depth and lost the players on numerous occasions. Jane Asher could have been a robot put in her place, she had absolutely no feel for the piece she was conducting. I have previously lost interest in shows where the audience votes as it is always the personality that comes through; I thought this would be different but apparently not - you have just lost a viewer and after speaking to a few friends today I would think a few more were very disappointed. I help run a youth brass band and understand what a difference a conducter makes. I have heard numerous pieces destroyed because the piece was played with no soul or feeling; it isn’t enough to follow the notes. Hope you have plenty more complaints and if it is possible give our commiseration to David Soul, he and we were cheated out a few more weeks of his company.

Muriel Hardcastle, Eastbourne
I find the whole programme most refreshing, and how lovely to see children in the audience; so often children are excluded from any classical thought and they to have an inner appreciation for it. The judges are fair in their comments, although I find Zoe rather obnoxious - not the right choice for this sort of programme. I agree that David Soul’s departure was premature, and I believe Bradley Walsh has been kept by the programme makers for what they believe to be audience interest. I do not believe the Orchesta’s vote was as stated. But one would not have any proof of that of course, and such things would not happen at the BBC. I do find Dominic a breath of fresh air; I think he will go far - he’s very pleasing on the eye; he says what he means and appears to mean what he says. A true delight.

Anon, Lincolnshire
David Soul drew the short straw by having by far the most difficult piece to conduct this week. Bradley Walsh didn’t deserve to come last in the judges’ scoring and Jane Asher displayed everything I dislike in any conductor: choreographed movements with no depth, shape or leadership. She should’ve walked this week. Imagine if she were the one conducting the Adagio?! It would’ve been a complete trainwreck!

David Williamson, London
I have been playing second oboe in Paul Sarsich’s conducting class at Morley College for about the last three years, just watched this week’s programme I thought David Soul was the best conductor.

Clive Sawers, Newton Abbot
It has been most entertaining. I have been an amateur conductor for several years having conducted a number of operas and musicals plus some oratorio. Watching the mistakes when they try to change speed is very amusing but I empathise too. Perhaps a future series could throw this open to the rest of us in the amateur world. It would be a wonderful opportunity.

Dr K McKechnie, Leeds
As reality TV shows go, this is quite a good format. I really appreciate that the experts rate contenders, not the audience. I have a fairly fundamental gripe, though, and that is the camera work. How on earth are we supposed to learn about conducting skills when all we see is the contestants’ faces most of the time, and hardly ever their hands? This low-attention-span approach with its constant changes in angle and shot size is really frustrating!

Hazel, Cannock, Staffordshire
I am a conductor myself and have found this show very interesting. I would love to see these conductors work with children and amateur players - they would have work cut out, I know from my experience. What I would do to have the chance to work with the BBC Concert Orchestra! “Have the score in your head not your head in the score.” I was told this many times when I was a music student. Good luck to Sue Perkins - more women on the podium!

Maire Greene, Darlington
Again, riveting tv during the second episode of Maestro. Hasn’t Alex James come in in staggering leaps! He is like a different person; I was stunned by the transformation, he was really conducting. And Sue Perkins is simply a musical genius. It’s almost like this is the outlet for her unique talents that she’s been looking for. Alex and Sue and Goldie all stand out as real contenders for this show. I am utterly hooked and can’t wait till the next one!

Danny, Pendle
Still good viewing, but am I alone in thinking the format has become cheap now and has lost the impact of the first show where we at learst learnt something about conducting… Now it’s in danger of becoming as nasty a viewing experience as the awful Fame Academy.

Mark, Wakefield
Felt a bit sorry for David Soul last night. Trying to conduct Barbers’ Adagio in your 2nd week of conducting must be like trying to play Elgar’s Cello concerto in your 2nd cello lesson.

Jim Vanns, Greenwich
I love the idea of Maestro but I have one problem with it. Why give celebrities, people who have plenty of opportunity already, this wonderful chance of a lifetime? I hate reality TV at the best of times but I for one would give my left testicle for an experience such as this! Damn, a chance to learn to conduct! An opportunity to command a 50+ piece orchestra - wow! Why do these damn celebs have to get first dibs!?

Janet Brinsmead - Stony Stratford
Less Clive Anderson - more from the judges …

Alan Harrison, Sheffield
I thought the double bassist was very harsh on Brdaley Walsh and was pleased that the Orchestra voted to keep him in.

Anon
The scoring criteria seems a little inconsistent: Sir Roger Norrington gave students who were clearly demonstrating different technical abilities almost the same mark, whereas Dominic Seldis was awarding scores that range from 2 to 7. Added to this, the works chosen differ considerably in terms of conducting (technical) difficulty. David Soul showed far more command of the players than Jane Asher: he shouldn’t have been voted out.

Patricia - Cambridge
Great Programme - but can we see a bit more of the practice sessions please?

Jo. Warrington
Congratulations on an excellent show. Its a very good idea to let the “professionals” choose the winners and losers rather than submit the contestants to the vagaries of the “public” vote. Just one worry: How do we know that the BBC orchestra actually do vote for who stays and goes? Past record has shown that such votes can be manipulated. Clearly Bradley Walsh is more of an audience draw than David Soul. Was that the reason he survived last night? It certainly wasn’t because of his talent as a conductor!

Rachel, Wigan
Can’t believe the judges thought Jane Asher was better than David Soul last night?!!

Alan Jones, Ascot
Life is good..! Thank heavens David Soul is gone! An unsettlingly creepy and weirdly self-satisfied man.

Miss Yvette Marie Boddy, Market Drayton
I like Bradley Walsh and he his funny, I thought that David Soul was robbed, because he was given a hard piece of music to do, so therefore he should have been judged on his performance and given another chance. Was it the fact he was an oldie and a musician that the orchestra let him go? I hope it was not a fix!

Anon, London
As a member of one of the amateur orchestras who worked closely with Bradley Walsh for many sessions, I think viewers should know that his progress has been astonishing and that he didn’t remotely do himself justice last week. He has the clearest beats and one of the most musical ears of all these conductors - despite his slightly silly grin right through last night’s episode, he is far and away beyond Alex James, Katie Derham and people far further up the board. Giving him a 2 was a rather pathetic effort on the judge’s part to turn himself into Maestro’s Simon Cowell, but he will be embarrassed later when he realises Bradley’s clear talent. Wait and see…!

Kevin, Worcester
Another good episode but this time I felt that there was a hidden barrier between those in the know and the rest of us. For example, David Soul had a “train wreck” part way through (which seems to have been so bad, it cost him his place) but I wasn’t even aware of it. I appreciate that the episode was live and time was limited but a bit more analysis might help us understand better what went on. Keep up the good work.

Carolina, London
What a joy to see this programme, to follow Alex James and Sue Perkins; but l did not like the “time issue” - the way the programme and host were rushed and everything had to be quick. l understand that the episode has to last less than 60 minutes, but maybe will be nice to see on the website the backstages or the things you can’t show. I would like to see more things on the web, not justo the same l saw on the programme. But once again, wht a joy to see Alex and Sue, and yes, the programme itself. I’ll LOVE to see the progress of the students during the week - it’s such a long gap between Tuesdays.

Kate Kennedy, Cheltenham
I thought Goldie’s interpretation of the Intermezzo was superb. I’ve been listening to the music, not watching the conductors as I find that distracting, and that piece gave me goosebumps. May I say, Well Done:)

Jakey, Luton
Disappointing that Episode 2 was just a ‘live’ show. I wanted to see more about the students’ learning experience, not just the exam.

EM, Southampton
I would like to start by saying what a wonderful piece of programmeing Maestro is. It is intelligent and educational - something somewhat rare in today’s TV world. So it is especially disappointing to hear comments by some judges that are populist and mimicking of X-Factor style rhetoric. I enjoy the show because it is jovial, light-hearted and entertaining. This does not mean that feedback on the performances should be reduced to bad jokes or trivial, unconstructive feedback. I am sure everyone wants to improve, so comments such as those received by Bradley from Mr Seldis are neither useful nor funny. I didn’t like the performance much myself, but being a little more objective and constructive would not have hurt anyone. What is Bradley going to do with “more of a plumber’s apprentice” is my question. Surely, Mr Seldis doesn’t have to like the style (and it is becoming very obvious which judge is looking for what) but as a successful ochestral musician, a little more relevance of his comments would elevate his feedback to something useful - he is (after all) not Simon Cowell.

Phliip Rose, Whetstone, London
What a wonderful programme - really enjoyed it thank you BBC. How about making a “barber shop” competition in the similar style as Last Choir Standing?

Lynne, Dublin
I know this is coming in under the heading of light entertainment but can Clive Anderson PLEASE stop ruining what is effectively a very entertaining programme with his jokes. He is trying too hard to be funny and he isn’t. Apart from that I found it amusing how the judging panel can give an instruction to one conductor to keep her lower half of her body still and to another to loosen up more. Love the show and am hooked!

Steve Davis, Cardiff
What was the name of the piece of music david soul conducted last night - I loved it and want to buy it. Interactive producer Graeme Kay replies: The music is Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings. If you click on the link which says ‘About the Music’ under each episode on the Home Page, you’ll find details of the pieces the students conduct, and a sound clip.

Mrs Emma Peel, Newcastle upon Tyne
Excellent show but very disappointed to see David Soul eliminated from Maestro - I thought he had by far the most difficult classical piece to conduct and put great emotional feeling into his performance. Personally I thought lowest scoring Bradley Walsh should have been voted out. Sue Perkins and Goldie were superb. Would have liked to have seen another 90-minute programme to allow more time to show rehearsals. Thoroughly enjoying the series.

Petrina Stevens, Sherington, Bucks
Please don’t go down he road of unpleasant criticism; it’s not helful and very unprofessional. Humiliating comments do long-term damage and alienate viewers to music. It reinforces their fears that they cannot enter the world of classical music if making an effort to take part is met with derision instead of constructive help. I’m just completing my doctoral thesis on this very issue and the comments tonight by Dominic Seldis were appalling. He is obviously completely unaware of the damage he does with these comments. No understanding of the learning process and research theories around learning and teaching was shown by this judge. I hope he can be given advice before next week. Take care or this programme will stoop to the lows of The X Factor.

Sheila, London
What a robbery - how can an orchestra - the majority of whom weren’t even conducted by David Soul, vote him off? The voting system fails once again on live television. His Adagio brought tears to my eyes with its passion - and quite frankly where were the cellos at the very beginning? Disappointing result, BBC.

Jack, london
Haha … the brass section always have a large ego!

David Evans, Glasgow
Maestro is quite simply head and shoulders above all other tv shows of this kind.It really is fascinating.Bradley Walsh is comical and likeable but I thought the orchestra would still have voted to keep David Soul instead of him.Congratulations on everyone involved in this show.

Cath, Leeds
The programme is reasonably entertaining but we should see more of how the tutors are teaching their students - what are the skills that they are trying to develop? In addition, there should be some reference to the fact that the conductor’s work is not simply to direct the orchestra in performance but to bring out his/her own interpretation of the piece through rehearsal with the orchestra. These “conductors” are actually just waving their arms (or, in Jane Asher’s case, dancing to the music.)

David Thomas
I thought David Soul was very unlucky to be voted off tonight, I think he really feels the music, but maybe not has the connection with the orchestra. Bradley Walsh obviously hasn’t got the musical feel, but has a great charisma, which every orchestra loves in a conductor, even if they have to carry him! Sue Perkins was brilliant tonight, but I think Goldie will win it …. this guy has so much to offer … just get him to conduct with a baton!

Peter, Luton
I’m clueless as to why the judges seem to like Jane Asher so much. “Conducting” Bernstein’s Mambo tonight she looked completely out of her depth, and was reduced to jerking stiffly around in a peculiarly puppet-like manner. It was embarrassing and horrible to watch. Her performance last week wasn’t much better. She should stick to baking cakes.

Lewis Smithson Jones, London
David Soul was robbed! And what a hard piece he had to conduct. My choice for the bottom two would have been the lacklustre Alex James and jolly hockysticks Katie Derham. Got to give the oldsters a chance …

Geoff, London
Episode one was brilliant, episode 2 really naff. What made episode one is one could understand what the contestants had to learn and there was a great blend of entertainment and education. Episode 2 was meaningless wiggling and the viewer not sharing the journey. Hope episode 3 is a return to form

Robert Kenchington, Stamford
A generally enjoyable evening marred only by the excessive criticism of Bradley Walsh by Dominic Seldis. Mr Walsh may not exactly be the next Herbert von Karajan, but the sense of enjoyment he conveyed to the orchestra - which came out in the sound of the playing - was obvious to all but the jury. This isn’t the Prix de Rome. ‘Maestro’ as I see it is a fun programme designed to generate a genuine interest in classical music. Perhaps Mr Seldis might like to chill out before the next programme with some musical therapy of his own- perhaps by conducting the Sorcerer’s Apprentice!

Framescourer, London
Last week: “Dusts off the original appeal of reality television: as a largely non-interventionist document of something actually happening. I hope you can keep it that way!” This week: Oh - you can’t keep it that way. What a shame.

Simon, Ashington
This series is so much better than it sounded. Ep 2 needs a second showing with extra footage because the hour was nowhere near enough to see the trials and tribulations (and to learn more about conducting). This may get better with fewer conductors of course. Bradley was undeservedly lucky and David was robbed. Jane got off lightly, I thought, and Goldie and Sue must now be favourites. Dominic was mean … but I thought right. But what do I know?

Sue Sandys Birmingham
I really didn’t think David Soul deserved to leave this week. From a viewer’s perspective, his conducting was impassioned and sensitive. I did feel the camera concentrated too much on his face so we couldn’t really see what he was doing. It would have been more satisfactory for the TV audience if we had seen what had gone wrong, then we could have understood the decision; as it was, I feel rather let down.

Keith, Edinburgh
I’m very disappointed at the outcome of tonight’s programme. I thought David’s performance - albeit with a howler - was very powerful and emotive. Bradley was less convincing and never really took command of the orchestra. As for Jane, I’m sorry but she performed an unconvincing choreographed dance all the way through the piece and never took control as far as I am concerned. Have to say also that Dominic was well out of order regarding his comments towards Bradley.

Matt Woor, Ipswich
Loving this series. Just wish that the BBC hadn’t put Clive Anderson in charge of proceedings. If he stopped trying (and failing) to be funny, the judges would have enough time to make helpful comments to the maestri.

Dave, Colchester
I cannot help but feel sympathy for Goldie: the guy is a genius! I have had classical training at degree level and this guy’s got it all. How could that snotty so-and-so give him a five out of sheer spite for a very modest and controlled riposte to her oily comments?

Graham Worden, London
I cannot believe that David Soul was eliminated over the comedian. It makes me not want to watch any more of the series. His conducting was comparable to some of the others with higher scores.

Monica Vincent, London
The 60-strong amateur orchestra for Katie’s Wagner rehearsal was I Maestri (not I Musici).

Lyne Pelling, Ferndown, Dorset
The judges’ scores were not consistent with their comments. I felt that Jane Asher should have been in the orchestra’s vote at the end!

Elisabeth van der Heijden, Naarden, The Netherlands
Wonderful programme! Love it. Question: why are the videos not available to viewers outside the UK? Online producer Graeme Kay replies: Thanks for your comment. Videos are restricted outside the UK because copyright agreements in respect of the music and the artists are only valid for the UK.

J R Walton
Neither Bradley Walsh nor David Soul should have been in the bottom two this week, though it was obvious that the orchestra would keep BW in because he’s so funny. As always in these sorts of programmes, judges (for all their knowledge and expertise) don’t always get it right!

Jude, Southwold
I think the orchestra made the wrong decision as David Soul was not as bad as Bradley Walsh. I think Bradley doesn’t take it seriously and it is boring - speaking as a viewer - to have to watch him behave like the class clown.

M Clayton (ex-professional orchestral muso), Cambridge
What a great show! Really enjoying it wilth all the family. A real shame that Dominic Seldis made a fool of himself tonight with his ridiculous marking and comments about the Corrie bloke (not to mention his inappropriate sexist comments about the female students). Thank goodness his orchestral colleagues were able to maintain professional judgment. Looking forward to the next show. Question: can the orchestra vote off Mr Seldis?

Ballyhalbert
So so good - what a night’s entertainment. We are not into this sort of thing, but even the kids ages 2 & 3 were copying the actions of the conductors. You should bring it out on a Wii game.

Ian, Northampton
I really can’t believe the scoring in tonight’s show. David Soul and Alex James were much easier to follow, they were more proficient and their music was far ore difficult to conduct than The Simpsons. It appears that at least two of the judges have already decided who is going to win this!

Christina, Brussels
Why in the world did Clive Anderson NOT mention that the Adagio for Strings featured in the far better anti-war movie “Gallipoli” which even predates the much worse Americanized “Platoon”…???!

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