November 2021

They Make No Noise

Welcome to The Arts Society Clapham Common
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 11:00
Clapham Picture House
76 Venn Street SW4 OAT

A lecture about conductors, including rare video footage of conductors in rehearsal and performance.

What is it that conductors do that makes orchestras respond in so many different ways?  Is it a good baton technique?  A strong personality?  The way they look?  And why are there relatively few women found on the podium?   And why are the conductors paid so much more than anyone else on the concert platform?  Drawing on history and his own musical experiences from well over six thousand performances and recordings, Nigel seeks out some answers.  This lecture contains some rare video footage of conductors in rehearsal and performance


Mr Nigel Bates

Nigel Bates has been a performer for more than forty years in and out of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, including seventeen years as Principal Percussionist with the Orchestra and eight years as the Music Administrator of The Royal Ballet.

 He has worked with many of the leading figures in the classical music industry and was also a producer for both the BBC's Maestro at the Opera and Pappano's Classical Voices documentary series. He is a regular contributor to the printed and online content of the ROH.

He has given lectures for over thirty years, including many arts societies and conservatoires in the UK and across Australia.