Conduct the CBSO
In a train station
If you want to witness a man with severe anxiety stand up in front of hundreds at New Street Station and conduct a live 80-piece orchestra with exactly zero musical experience, then I'll be doing that Friday, October 15... And you could too! The CBSO are offering Joe Public (me, you, that guy over there) the opportunity to conduct sections of two pop-up performances as part of a city-wide programme of events. During the two 25-minute shows the orchestra will play everything from the John Williams' Star Wars theme to classical showstoppers from the likes of Berlioz and Rossini, with conductor Michael Seal (thankfully) holding the baton. Then, towards the tail-end of both sets and in 30 second bursts, selected members of the general public and at least one hyperventilating writer will step up to master Mozart's the Marriage of Figaro. No problem. They're also keeping a few slots available for people who show up on the day and decide they'd like a go. Maniacs. From 4pm to 4.25pm and 5.30pm to 5.55pm tomorrow, as part of a programme of musical events which have been made possible by support from the CBSO'S new principal partner HSBC UK and Arts Council England’s Culture Recovery Fund.
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