How Maestro Works

About the show

BBC TWO’s new series will see eight celebrities battle it out this summer to become the Maestro who will conduct the BBC Concert Orchestra at Proms in the Park in front of a live audience of 30,000.

The celebrities who will be grasping the baton are broadcaster Peter Snow, newsreader Katie Derham, comedian Sue Perkins, drum and bass star Goldie, comedian and actor Bradley Walsh, Blur bassist Alex James, actress Jane Asher, and actor David Soul.

Show 1 in the series is a documentary detailing the first stages of the celebrity students’ conductor training as they enter into a week long ‘Baton Camp’.

From Show 2, the students will then take to the conductor’s podium in front of a studio audience and a judging panel of experts, to conduct the BBC Concert Orchestra in a weekly show broadcast on BBC TWO. The show is presented by Clive Anderson.

The judging panel is made up of Sir Roger Norrington - who will be conducting the Last Night of the BBC Proms 2008 at the Royal Albert Hall - and also includes cellist and composer Zoe Martlew, conductor Professor Simone Young and Principal Double Bass player Dominic Seldis.

At the end of each show (apart from Show 5) the judging panel and members of the BBC Concert Orchestra decide which student will be eliminated from the series.

How Maestro works:

Show 1 will see the celebrity students’ initial training with their conductor mentors, culminating with them conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra in front of an invited audience and the panel of judges. The judges will choose the two who have impressed them the least and who must face the orchestra vote. The orchestra then vote to save one student and the losing student is eliminated from the competition.

In Shows 2, 3 and 4 the celebrities will be conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra in front of a studio audience and the judging panel. The Maestro judges will give each competitor’s performance a score out of 10 taking into account their technical ability and interpretation of the music. The judges’ scores will be added up to give each celebrity a score out of 40.

The two celebrity students with the lowest scores will face the orchestra who will vote to save one contestant. The losing contestant will be eliminated from the series.

In the event of any problems with the telephone vote we will use the contingency plan, which means we will resort to using the BBC Concert Orchestra vote to decide the Maestro winner. In the event of a technical problem meaning the orchestra voting key pads do not work, we will resort to the contingency plan of asking Charles Mutter, the leader of the BBC Concert Orchestra to choose the Maestro winner.

How you can vote

Voting is by telephone only. The numbers for each celebrity contestant will be given out during the live show. Please note any calls made before the lines open or after they close will not count and you may be charged.

Calls cost 15p per call from a BT landline and from other operators may vary, calls from mobiles will be considerably higher. See below for details:

Telephone charges

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ppc = pence per call

Voters must obtain permission from the bill payer before voting. Make sure you carefully dial only the number of the student(s) you wish to vote for. The BBC reserves the right to disqualify votes if it has reasonable grounds to suspect that fraudulent voting has occurred or if it considers there has been any deliberate attempt to manipulate the result. We reserve the right to cancel or suspend voting at any time.

The BBC, its sub-contractors, subsidiaries and/or agencies cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with any telephone network or line, system, server, provider or otherwise which may result in any vote being lost or not properly registered or recorded. Please note that you cannot vote by email, red button, text or via this website.

In the event of a technical failure or cancellation or suspension of the vote for any reason, which means we cannot deliver the result during the shows, we reserve the right to revert to our stand-by orchestra vote.

Please note that anyone who is directly connected in any way with the production or the provision of telephony services to the programme is not eligible to vote

The voting in this programme accords with the BBC's Code of Conduct for Competitions and Voting

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