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10 conductors having the time of their lives at the 2017 Proms

One of the best parts of attending a Prom in person or watching it on TV is the opportunity to tune into the energy and enthusiasm of the performers.

And of all the hundreds of musicians who appear at the BBC Proms each year, orchestral conductors are among the most rewarding to watch. With a range of expansive arm gestures, exaggerated facial expressions and even the occasional dance move, they steer ensembles through the endlessly varied emotions of a piece in a way that’s breathtaking to behold.

It also looks like a lot of fun. Here are 10 images from 2017’s Proms that suggest that conductors really do have the best job in the world.

1. Transformative: Nicholas Collon conducts the Aurora Orchestra’s performance of Strauss’s Metamorphosen at Prom 10

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2. Throwing down the gauntlet: Sir Andrew Davis conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Prom 13, a recreation of Malcolm Sargent’s 500th Prom

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3. Ode to Joy: Xian Zhang conducts Beethoven’s “Choral” Symphony at Prom 21

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4. Baroque ‘n’ roll: William Christie conducts the Choir and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Handel’s Israel in Egypt at Prom 23

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5. Showing the youth how it’s done: Thomas Adès conducts the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring at Prom 28

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6. Bringing the house down: Francois-Xavier Roth leads Les Siècles in a surprise Daft Punk encore at Prom 42

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7. Expecto patronum! Sakari Oramo conducts a magical performance of Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony at Prom 45

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8. Da-da-da-dum! Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla leads the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony at Prom 50

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9. A whole new world: Sir Mark Elder conducts the Hallé Orchestra in Dvořák’s New World Symphony at Prom 52

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10. Lightbulb moment: Kevin John Edusei leads Chineke! in its BBC Proms debut at Prom 62

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