Do you know the joke about why they had to bury the conductor six metres into the Earth? It’s because, deep down, he was a nice guy. Ouch. In mankind’s great library of jokes there is an extra-special section dedicated to conductors. And guess what? They don’t tend to come out of it so well.
So spare a thought for the ones we will see this week when BBC Proms Dubai and the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) Orchestra of China come to town.
Each conductor is different, but some have a fearsome reputation. The composer Gustav Mahler may be known to us today as the great symphonist, but during his lifetime he was famous for his podium skills. And while some regarded him with breathless adoration, the musicians that worked under him were noticeably less keen.
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