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10 August 2015, 16:53
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 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
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…