Blind singer learns visual art of conducting a choir

  • 28 July 2014

How do you conduct a choir if you can't see the music or the performers in front of you?

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For blind opera singer Victoria Oruwari this is the challenge she faces as she joins four other visually impaired musicians who have come together for a conducting masterclass before publicly taking the baton and leading a performance of their chosen music at London's Wigmore Hall.

Run by the Royal National Institute of Blind People, the class aims to help blind and visually impaired musicians gain a greater understanding of the role of a conductor as well as giving them the opportunity to learn from one of the country's best.

Victoria is completely blind and says that, when she's performing, she doesn't really think about what the conductor is doing. So having to master the skill in just one day is a real challenge, especially as she has to learn the complicated gestures by touch.

BBC News joined Victoria as she was put through her paces.

Video journalist: Kate Monaghan

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