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My day as Dermot…

Wed Nov 23 2011

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Ceri Jones as Dermot

OK well not quite.  I didn’t get to rub shoulders with Tulisa, Kelly Rowland, Gary Barlow (swoon) and Louis Walsh (err…that’s not so impressive), but the other week (when the OAE held its fourth annual auditions for the Melgaard Young Conductor scheme, our equivalent of the ‘X Factor’) I did get to spend a whole day meeting five fascinating and diverse young conductors, introducing them to the Orchestra (the Dermot bit) and working alongside the very dedicated OAE player selection panel.

I’ve been involved with the Young Conductor Scheme since its inception four years ago, and I always immensely enjoy the audition day, after months of administering all the applications, this is the fun part – getting to hear and see them in action!  Throughout the day five different conductors had an hour to impress the Orchestra and the panel in typical OAE repertoire including a movement of a Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven Symphony as well as the Count’s Recitative and Aria from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro – with bass soloist Ashley Riches.  It struck me at 5.30pm that the day had literally flown by, and that I’d not only had the opportunity of spending the entire day listening to some wonderful music, but I’d also spent the day playing ‘Dermot O’Leary’ to the next generation of great conductors.

Stay tuned to find out which conductor was selected…

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