Christopher Seaman
Christopher Seaman is a British
United Kingdom
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Conducting is the art of directing a musical performance by way of visible gestures. The primary duties of the conductor are to unify performers, set the tempo, execute clear preparations and beats, and to listen critically and shape the sound of the ensemble...

, the son of Albert Edward Seaman and Ethel Margery Seaman. He was educated at Canterbury Cathedral
Canterbury Cathedral
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 Choir School and The King's School, Canterbury
The King's School, Canterbury
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, and later studied at King's College, Cambridge
King's College, Cambridge
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. From 1964 to 1968, he was principal timpanist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
London Philharmonic Orchestra
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, before his appointment from 1968 to 1970 as assistant conductor with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
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 (BBC SSO). He later served as the BBC SSO's principal conductor, from 1971 to 1977. Seaman has also held the post of Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Advisor to the conducting course at the Guildhall School of Music.

In the USA, Seaman was resident conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
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 from 1987 to 1998. From 1993 to 2004, he was music director of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, in Florida
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. In 1998, Seaman became music director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
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, continuing through 2011 and becoming that orchestra's longest-tenured conductor. In October 2009, the orchestra announced the conclusion of Seaman's tenure as director with the 2010-2011 season, and his lifetime appointment as the RPO’s Conductor Laureate. Seaman has conducted recordings with the Rochester Philharmonic for the harmonia mundi label. Seaman is also currently the Artistic Advisor to the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, through the 2009-2010 season.

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