It was 1820 before the word “conductor” appeared on a concert programme for the very first time. Photo: Alamy

How the job of orchestral conductor was born, and the difference it made to the way music was played

The conducting role emerged in the early 19th century as orchestras grew in size along with the variety of musical works, meaning a central figure was needed to bring players together rather than a seated player leading them

Topic |   Classical music

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It was 1820 before the word “conductor” appeared on a concert programme for the very first time. Photo: Alamy
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