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The conductor goof that sticks in my memory took place when I was playing with the Midland Youth Orchestra in Birmingham. We were playing Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and just as the maestro (James Langley) brought his baton up to start, it flew out of his hand backwards into the audience! Now Beethoven's Fifth is difficult to start at the best of times....
Of course it's not just the amateur orchestra's that see this kind of mishap. Even the Seiji Ozawa's and Howard Shore's of this world make the occasional gaffe!
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