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      “Why there aren’t more women on the podiums”

      When conductor Marin Alsop became the music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2007, she was the first woman to hold this position with a major American orchestra. She’s also the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms, and the first conductor ever to receive a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. I sat down with this trailblazing conductor during rehearsals with the more... more...

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      Xian Zhang makes conducting history as first woman to have titled role at a BBC orchestra

      The Chinese-born artist is to be the BBC National Orchestra of Wales’s new principal guest conductor. She talks exclusively to Tom Service

      “Some ladies don’t like to be asked this question,” says Xian Zhang. “But I’m happy to talk about it”. The question is that question, the one that female conductors are always asked, namely: “Why aren’t there more of you?”

      Today it is announced that Zhang is the BBC National Orchestra of Wales’s new principal guest conductor, a role which will make her one of the UK’s most prominent female conductors – she’s the first woman to have a titled conducting role with a BBC orchestra – and which means she’s going to be asked about the representation of her gender in the echelons in the conducting profession a great deal.

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      BBCNOW/Portal review – Latin feelgood factor spreads to Cardiff

      Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff
      Led by Eduardo Portal, the percussionists had a field day in this continuing celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Welsh settlement in Patagonia

      Newly returned from South America, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under the baton of Spaniard Eduardo Portal brought a Latin feelgood factor to this concert. Celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Welsh settlement in Patagonia had been the focus of their tour and, by way of souvenir, the flute concerto of Argentinian Lalo Schifrin was central to the programme.

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      Facing the music: Andreas Haefliger

      The German-born Swiss pianist on vinyl’s resurgence, unforgettable Mahler and why he’s better off singing in his head

      How do you typically listen to music?

      I still listen to CDs instead of downloading, preferably over good speakers but occasionally with headphones. I am really interested, however, in the resurgence of vinyl and plan to buy a high-end record player soon. It will be interesting building a new collection again …

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