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The Art of Conducting 2012

The Art of Conducting 2012

For the third year running, we bring you Chris Christodoulou's wonderful images from the podium at the BBC Proms

Cocktail hour: Valery Gergiev wields the world's smallest baton@ Chris Christodoulou

The BBC Proms are steeped in traditions, many admirable, some arcane, the odd one ever so slightly maddening. In the short life of The Arts Desk - we turned three on Sunday, the day after the 2012 Proms season came to a close - another tradition has come into being. Every year we publish a gallery of portraits of conductors at work. These astonishing photographs are all by Chris Christodoulou, who has been capturing the Proms in pictures for 31 years.

These, it should be stated, are the images which are very much not released for use by the press after each Prom. And you can see why. They find conductors in a state of unvarnished passion, committed to communication but seen in perhaps less flattering light than they may wish. Christodoulou snaps them at the very moment their eyes are at their buggiest, their hair at its wildest, their face at its most gurning. For most of us conducting is a rarefied art whose finer subtleties, for all the efforts of the TV show Maestro to explain it, is sometimes difficult to grasp. These pictures say what a conductor does better than words ever can.


Christodoulou snaps them at the very moment their eyes are at their buggiest, their hair at its wildest, their face at its most gurning

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Wonderful images of total involvement! Great to see!

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