PT82: Seeking Quality over Quantity in your Time on the Podium, with George Jackson

This week we’re speaking with George Jackson, a London-Based conductor who works entirely as a freelancer and Guest Conductor. We’ve split this interview into three parts as an experiment we’re running on the podcast, and this second part is all about George’s education in Vienna and how learning deeply with less podium time can help you develop as a conductor. Be sure to check out the previous episode, in which we talked about guest conducting and working with a manager, and the next episode on how podcasts, film music, and Steve Reich can help revitalize classical music.

You will Learn:

  • Why we should be learning to have something to say about a piece of music
  • Some arguments for getting less podium time as a conducting student
  • Focusing on quality of interaction with the orchestra, rather than quantity
  • Why Mark Stringer didn’t want his students to conduct an amateur orchestra on the side.
  • The invaluable lessons you learn when you cannot conduct
  • The different types and qualities of podium time, and what you can learn from each

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