Daily Archives: December 15, 2006 5:27 am

Pirouettes Graham Bond – Pigtail Girl from Graduation Ball


This is day 15 in my Dance Inspirations Advent Calendar (II)

151206.jpgOne of the jobs I’ve hated most as a company pianist is having to be the errand boy for the ballet staff during stage calls with orchestra. You’re asked (no, told) to sit in the front row of the stalls behind the conductor, and wait for one of the ballet staff to shout down to you “Can you tell him it’s too fast?” or ‘”Tell him we want to go back to where Jane comes on”. Now, you’re not supposed to talk to bus drivers while they’re driving, so how do you think conductors (excuse the confusion of terms) feel about having some lowly pianist tapping them on the shoulder while they’re commanding an entire orchestra, telling them they’re doing it wrong?

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