Monday, 18 October 2010

Conductors going private

Private consultancies and practice

I had a cup of tea at Gill Maguire's today. She subscribes to the WVS school of morale-boosting, that there in no woe in this world that will not mitigate from a nice cup of tea. It is being so cheery that keeps her going.

Today's word of cheer is that she is going to consider extending one of the categories from the listings on her blog. The category in question is 'Consultancies' but as this grows, she tells me, the boundaries become ever harder to define. She will therefore likely meet the problem half-way and restyle this broadening category 'Conductor consultancies and practices'.

A category of practice

This wider category is still open to ambiguity around its boundaries but at the present state of the art) it does accord well with my understanding of a growing trend. Whether by necessity or by choice the numbers of conductors of conductors working privately, as individual practitioners, is growing:
  • This trend is not restricted to one country.
  • Often, those who work in this way may be professionally isolated.
  • They are not prepared for this role or its requirement by their training.
  • There is very little for them to read to tell them what has been leaned from the previous experiences of others
  • They may sometimes worry whether the way in which their work is 'proper'.
  • There are no courses for them to attend to further their professional development (who would organise or run them?)
  • They might contract their work directly with clients, or to existing institutions.
  • Their work often includes training.
  • They might work in partnerships, alone, full-time or part-time, or just occasionally on occasional jobs.
  • They might be Hungarian, or British or of other nationalities.
  • They may work with adults, or children, or both.
  • Their work is usually family-orientated.
  • They often regard their freedom from bureaucracy and hierarchy precious beyond measure.
Still short of a public identity

I have spotted only a couple of private conductive practitioners in the preliminary programme for the World Congress (I apologise if I have inadvertently failed to identify anyone). I suspect, however, that congresses are beyond the circumstances of most conductors anyway – and particularly so in the case of conductors in private practice.

In that congress, then, this group (if one can yet characterise them as such) is under-represented, disenfranchised

Growing the list

Follow Gill's growing list of Conductor Consultancies and Practices at:


I suspect that Gill's recategorisation will make for a sudden increase in numbers...

If you think that you ought to be on there, email Gill at:


A future trend?

Who knows what the economy will bring to existing institutions employing conductors. If institutions shrink or close, then conductors (and other) will still need an income, and clients will still be looking for services.

It seems reasonable to expect that the two groups might find their own ways to each other, cut out the middle man, the cost of elaborate accommodation and administrative structures (all of which cost money) and strike their own private deals. (One suspects that there is already more of this going on than many are aware.)

Advertising wants and services

Readers are reminded that people looking for conductor services – often defined, bespoke services – can advertise what they are looking for on CONDUCTIVE WOTRD MARKET:


So too can conductors, advertising the particular services that they are offering.

And, since this a Facebook site, one may comment too.







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1 comment:

  1. Gill has now posted her new listing.

    It now has fourteen entries, classified by six countries (Australia, Canada, Germany, Hungary, United Kingdom. United States.

    I am sure that there are more. lease let Gill know of any others, direct:

    gmaguire1@yahoo.co.uk


    Andrew.

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