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Your correspondent "Double Bass" says "the position here in New Zealand seems to be that if a person is a reasonably good pianist he is immediately considered by the N.B.S authorities to be proficient in all branches of music, even in conducting." Like many other general statements this won't bear contact with fact. I could name ten distinguished pianists who have come to this country, but have not been employed by the N.B.S. as conductors. I don't know if they were employed in any other capacity (not counting broadcasting their concerts), but I should doubt it. I can recall only two distinguished visiting pianists who have conducted for the N.B.S. Some pianists are conductors. Some are not. If, as has happened, a pianist comes here with an established position as conductor, why not use him? Dr. Sargent, I may point out, began as an organist. As to a New Zealand symphony orchestra, everybody who cares for orchestral music would like to see one established, and to suggest that the N.B.S. has not had the idea in mind would be rather absurd. It is an obvious development but a matter of ways and means. "Double Bass" thinks we should secure as a permanent conductor for this orchestra, Dr. Sargent or a man of his calibre. By all means let us do so if we can, but has "Double Bass" considered the possibility that a musician of this rank might not wish to take a post so far away from the main centres of music, or that his fee might be beyond our capacity? FAIR PLAY. I

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PIANISTS AND CONDUCTORS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 172, 23 July 1945

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PIANISTS AND CONDUCTORS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 172, 23 July 1945

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