Violinist James Clark is a Fellow of the Royal Northern College of Music where he teaches, gives Masterclasses on Orchestra Playing and Leadership, solo playing, and Chamber Music. His 40-year musical career reflects a wide range of accomplishments. He has led every major orchestra in the UK, and has held leading positions with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBC NOW), Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO), Philharmonia for 11 years, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO) for 12 years. As a conductor, James has worked with Philharmonia, BBC NOW and the RSNO. He conducted a series of concerts of the music of the Strauss family with the RLPO and Classic FM’s John Suchet and has visited Venezuela several times to teach as part of El Sistema, conducting the Simon Bolivar Orchestra at the invitation of Gustavo Dudamel. More about James here.
James is interviewed by Mark Heron. They discuss the role of the leader in an orchestra, the orchestra’s perception of a conductor, experiences with good conductors, pitfalls to avoid when meeting an orchestra for the first time, and much more.
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