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Топик Conductors in Great Britain

Out of 13 major orchestras in Britain, only five have an associate conductor as a trainee.
Obviously the opportunities for any hopeful conductor, however gifted, to gain essential and regular experience are severely limited. The occasional post as a repetiteur with the Royal Opera or Sadler’s Wells companies occur only seldom, and a touring conductor for dance has the worst of all worlds in the conditions surroundings his work.

A vicious circle is created whereby experience is difficult to obtain, and orchestras decline to engage an aspirant because of his lack of experience. I sometimes wonder, however, on what criteria they base their choice of conductors from elsewhere.

A close look at some concert details illustrates the current situation. Out  of 182 concerts at the Festival Hall between February 1968 and July this year (1969), given specifically with the aid of funds from Greater London Council and the Art Council, only 16 are or were advertised as having native British conductors for the programmes. A survey limited to the five major symphony orchestras in London, based on their published brochures for the 1968-1969 season beginning last autumn, shows 31 concerts with British conductors out a total of 163.

Only when the Proms are taken into account does the proportion significantly alter. Conductors as such have no professional organization, however. They therefore have no means of suggesting what some of us also know to be true – that a certain proportion of conductors freely engage from abroad are, to put it kindly, in no way superior to some of those consistently ignored at home.
(from “Moscow News”)

Список слов к топику Conductors in Great Britain

trainee – проходящий подготовку
obviously – очевидно, ясно
opportunity – удобный случай
gifted – одаренный талантом
essential – существенный; сущность
occasional – случайный
repetiteur – репетитор
to occur – встречаться, находиться, приходить на ум
vicious – порочный, ошибочный
to obtain – получать, добывать; быть в употреблении
to advertise – извещать, помещать публикацию, рекламировать
survey – обозрение, просмотр
brochure – брошюра
to take into account – принимать во внимание, в расчет
significantly – многозначительность, выразительно
superior – высший, лучший, превосходный
consistently – стойко, последовательно

 

 



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