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'Of course, technique is important: establishing the beat, cueing the entries and finding the right gesture for the sound required. But more important still is to have a good idea about the score' (Photo: PA)

A female conductor seizes the baton

Watching a conducting competition is a surreal experience

The Gospel of the Other Mary at ENO (Pic: ENO)

Peter Sellars’ opera reads the Passion story in contemporary terms

The Mass is meant to be sung but, by and large, is not (CNS photo)

The English settings I learnt at school seem to have disappeared entirely

Music teacher Rachael Johnson and Noella Kisina

Student shines on the violin

Pupils gains a Merit in her Grade 6 violin exam