What's the Point of the Conductor?
Tom Service explores the role of the conductor. Is it to do with their ego, clothes, ability to beat time or their emotional outpouring onstage, or is it something else entirely?
The Listening Service had a question from a listener :
"When I see the musicians playing, they seem to be looking at their sheet music, not the conductor. Can an orchestra not function perfectly well without a conductor? If I'm intensely moved by a piece of orchestral music, is it not the musicians which moved me? Why must I applaud some arbitrary conductor, who never touched a single instrument throughout the entire performance?"
Tom Service rises to the challenge and looks at the role of the conductor - is it all about their ego, their clothes, their ability to beat time or their emotional outpouring onstage - or it is something else entirely? Rethink music with The Listening Service.