On Monday, 11 August 2014, I saw this group of orchestra players performing on one of the side streets in Auckland Central. Curious as to what’s happening, I realized there was a sign saying, “Conduct Us.” Part of me wanted to do it, but another part was hesitating as I needed to go to work just a few blocks away. And so I asked the girl who gave me a flyer for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra until what time they will stay. She said, “Only 30 minutes.”
And so driven by curiosity and an urge to try it, I approached another girl on the other side of the crowd who handled the conductor’s stick and told her I’d like to do it. When she agreed, I requested for her to take a video of me conducting the orchestra.
When I went to a makeshift conductor’s podium in front of the orchestra, someone taught me how to handle the stick and conduct well. And so here’s the evidence of what I did that day.
For more info on Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, here’s their official website.