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Lectures Programme

The Arts Society Isle of Man arrange an annual programme of lectures. Speakers from the Isle of Man, the UK and further afield present lectures covering a wide range of subjects including decorative arts, individual artists, art movements, music, architecture and history.

Owing to Coronavirus restrictions on travel, lectures by UK based lecturers will be delivered by Zoom until the Isle of Man Government permits unrestricted travel to and from the UK. The option to attend Zoom lectures at the Manx Museum lecture hall will be kept under review.

Members who wish to bring a guest at £10 per lecture, (students free) please .

Lectures Details



20th April 2021

11.30 a.m.

Speaker: Nigel Bates

What is it that makes an orchestra respond to the conductor standing on a podium waving a baton? Good baton technique? Strong personality? Looks?

Nigel Bates will show us rare video footage of conductors in rehearsal and performance as he draws on history and his own extensive experience to provide answers. Nigel will also tell us why conductors are paid so much more than anyone else on the concert platform and why so few women are found on the podium.

Nigel Bates is the Music Administrator for The Royal Ballet and has been a performer for nearly 40 years including 17 years as Principal Percussionist with the Orchestra. He has over 30 years lecturing experience.

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