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Stars compete to lead orchestra recent news05.08.08

Stars compete to lead orchestra

The students will spend the summer training in the art of conducting, with one participant to bevoted off each week by a panel of judges led by top conductor Sir Roger Norrington.

The winner will then perform in front of 30,000 people at BBC Proms in the Park, which takes place in Hyde Park on 13 September to mark the end of the Proms.

The celebrities include newsreader Katie Derham, broadcaster Peter Snow, hiphop star Goldie, Blur bassist Alex James, actress Jane Asher, actor David Soul and comedians Sue Perkins and Bradley Walsh.

Training begins with a week-long Baton Camp, where each participant will each be assigned their own mentor, with whom they will work intensively to master the disciplines of orchestral, choral and operatic music.

Rehearsals continue throughout the summer and each celebrity will take to the conductor's podium in August. They will conduct the BBC Concert Orchestra in front of a studio audience and an international judging panel, in a weekly BBC2 show presented by Clive Anderson.

The head of BBC Classical Music Television Peter Maniura said: "Maestro will take the audience on a fascinating, surprising, thrilling and informative journey into the heart of music-making. It will delve into the practicalities, magic and mystery of what a conductor actually does to make great music happen."

Recent News

  1. More Maestro for Christmas recent news 08.12.08

    More Maestro for Christmas

    A revealing new documentary, Maestro: The Inside Story, will be shown over Christmas.

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  2. Sue takes Hyde Park by Storm recent news 13.09.08

    Sue takes Hyde Park by Storm

    Maestro winner Sue Perkins tonight wowed the 35,000-strong Proms in the Park audience at the Last Night of the Proms.

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  3. Sue's win - first verdicts from the press recent news 10.09.08

    Sue's win - first verdicts from the press

    Charlotte Higgins, the Guardian’s arts correspondent, was first up with a review of the Maestro Final posted on the Guardian Culture Blog at 9.53 this morning. A Spectator review has also been posted by Henrietta Bredin.

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  4. Congratulations to Sue Perkins! recent news 09.09.08

    Congratulations to Sue Perkins!

    At tonight’s Grand Final, writer and comedienne Sue Perkins emerged from the audience vote to win the BBC’s first ever Maestro competition.

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  5. Vengerov flies in for Final recent news 04.09.08

    Vengerov flies in for Final

    Virtuoso violinist and conductor Maximum Vengerov will replace Simone Young on the panel of judges for the Maestro Final on Tuesday 9 September.

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  6. Dramatic vote saves Jane and Goldie recent news 02.09.08

    Dramatic vote saves Jane and Goldie

    The Maestro series reached new levels of tension as four students faced the orchestra vote.

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  7. Opera stars join Maestro recent news 01.09.08

    Opera stars join Maestro

    Soprano Rebecca Evans and tenor Alfie Boe will join the Maestro show for Episode 4.

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  8. Do Men Hog the Podium? recent news 01.09.08

    Do Men Hog the Podium?

    Will female conductors ever achieve equality? I think they will, says conductor Madeleine Lovell

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  9. Press on 'posh talent show' recent news 01.09.08

    Press on 'posh talent show'

    TV talent shows come in many demographically targeted guises - I commend a different event - Maestro.

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  10. Bradley exits the competition recent news 26.08.08

    Bradley exits the competition

    Bradley Walsh did not survive the BBC Concert Orchestra’s vote this week.

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  11. Behind the scenes recent news 26.08.08

    Behind the scenes

    Maestro viewers have asked about the various musicians who have helped the students in their preparation.

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  12. What the papers said ... recent news 22.08.08

    What the papers said ...

    I watched Maestro (BBC2) mostly because it was there … how wrong could I be because it was riveting.

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  13. Sue's reality check recent news 22.08.08

    Sue's reality check

    Maestro student Sue Perkins posted a thoughtful article in the Guardian newspaper. These are her thoughts on what she has learned

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  14. How Goldie got into Classical recent news 22.08.08

    How Goldie got into Classical

    Ex-grilfriend Bjork had a hand in Goldie’s conversion to classical …

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  15. The Thoughts of Alex and Brad recent news 22.08.08

    The Thoughts of Alex and Brad

    Alex: “The first thing you have to learn as a conductor is how to stand up straight.”

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  16. Lessons learned, by David Soul recent news 21.08.08

    Lessons learned, by David Soul

    Rejected student David Soul bares his … about what he learned from the Maestro experience.

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  17. Second student leaves Maestro recent news 19.08.08

    Second student leaves Maestro

    Following the BBC Concert Orchestra’s vote, Bradley Walsh was saved and David Soul exited the competition.

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  18. Don't smile at the brass ... recent news 19.08.08

    Don't smile at the brass ...

    In the run-up to Episode 2, Katie Derham has been finding out how to get an orchestra to do what she wants …

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  19. First student exits Maestro recent news 12.08.08

    First student exits Maestro

    The BBC Concert Orchestra decides who remains in the competition.

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  20. How hard can it be? recent news 05.08.08

    How hard can it be?

    Journalist Christopher Middleton visitis the students as they try out their conducting skills on an orchestra of young musicians in a church in London.

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