Marin Alsop’s Classic FM Conducting Masterclass: An introduction to conducting

Marin Alsop is one of the world’s best conductors. And starting today, she’ll be presenting a series of video masterclasses exclusively for Classic FM on all aspects of conducting, from how to use the baton to that iconic big finish. But today, we begin at the beginning. Batons at the ready…

Marin Alsop's conducting masterclass

Watch the other instalments of Marin's masterclass here >

What is conducting?

Marin takes us by the hand and starts at the top by asking a simple question… with a complex answer.


Marin Alsop masterclasses: what is conducting?

The first of a new series of exclusive video masterclasses


The baton and how to use it

Why do conductors use a baton? Why do some just use their hands? And what difference does it make to the music? Marin is here to help…


Marin Alsop masterclasses: Introducing the baton

Marin gets to grips with the tool of the conductor's trade



We'll be posting another instalment of Marin Alsop's Classic FM Conducting Masterclass next Monday – when she'll be tackling the tricky question of beating different time signatures. Watch this space…

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