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No. 43 (June 1963)
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The Leader

The leader is the conductor of our orchestra, yet often he cannot be seen by the musicians. He should stand on a table or chair. Whether the leader faces or turns away from the group during practice is a matter of controversy. Many performers find it difficult to follow when the leader is facing and making his movements in opposite directions to them. When he turns away of course his actions are partially obscured. If the leader does lead with his back to the group then it will first be necessary for a careful demonstration of actions whilst facing the group. The ideal at rehearsals is to have two leaders—one facing, and the other turned away from the group.