What does it feel like to conduct an orchestra? “You are the musical guide for the players and the audience. I work mainly on my own, trying to understand what, why, how the composer wants their music to be performed. It’s like being a detective in a way”, Chloé tells me. Her approach involves immersing herself in the historical context of the piece in an attempt to understand the sound world, it’s textures and history. “I also analyse the score, zooming in on its structure, tonality and other details.”
She explains how there cannot be any doubt involved when she’s on the podium. “You have to guide everyone towards your vision. When you eventually work with the orchestra, you get to express what’s been in your mind for weeks. It is a powerful feeling of sharing and achievement.”
At the end of the concert, the audience were asked to listen to two excerpts and vote on the piece of music they think should be in the next concert. “Through shaping the programme together, we keep the connection with the audience”, Chloé explains.
She expresses her hope that people leave feeling inspired. “You open the doors of the concert hall and embark on a story. Either there is a feeling of energy, joy and exuberance, or, if the piece is heavier, a feeling of reflection where you go home and think about what you experienced.” Keep an eye out for Arch Sinfonia’s next one-hour concert, where you’ll get to hear what we voted for last time.