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Wild things: Conductors at the 2013 Proms

Wild things: Conductors at the 2013 Proms

Feast on our annual gallery of baton men and women

Sweet Prom 16: Jac Van Steen

"What I’m looking for is that fraction of a second that at least I could remember the concert by." At the start of the 2013 BBC Proms season, photographer Chris Christodoulou let theartsdesk into the secret of snapping conductors at work. Now that the Proms are over for another year, we publish not the official shots, but the ones which are simply too quirky to be released by the BBC press office.

These images may not particularly flatter their subjects, but they do capture what it is to be a silent maestro magically conjuring sound from the massed ranks of an orchestra. Make sure to click on the images to enlarge. And in the comment box let us know which is your favourite.


You guys forgot to add one of my absolute favorite conductors- Valery Gergiev! The most quirky yet noble men I have ever been honored to know. His conducting style definitely should have him on this list. I can't believe you forgot Maestro Gergiev!

It's not about 'favourite conductors', it's about Chris's choice of what he thinks are the most interesting images from the Proms. You will find his images of Gergiev three years running in his 2010, 2011 and 2012 Proms galleries ('The Art of Conducting') for The Arts Desk.

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