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Week 1


Week One  28 July to 4 August

BASBWE Wind Conducting Course

Cappella Chamber Choir

Chamber Orchestra

Composers’ Workshop

Masterclass for Singers 1

Piano Accompaniment

Practical Conducting

Voices in Harmony

Wind Ensemble

Week Two  4 to 11 August

A Journey Through Jazz

Art of Choral Direction

Choral Course

Lighter Side Choral Course

Masterclass for Singers 2

Piano Course

Symphony Orchestra

The George Hurst Orchestral Conducting Course

Weeks 1 & 2  extra curricular activities

Choral Workshops 1 and 2

Score Learning and General Musicianship skills

Early morning Chi Kung

Accommodation and Fees

Chamber Orchestra leader Oliver Nelson

Peter Stark conductor

Oliver Nelson violin

The Chamber Orchestra is intended to meet the needs of music students and very experienced amateurs. It will play a wide range of repertoire embracing the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries and will include Mozart’s sumptuous Haffner Symphony and the beautiful Violin Concerto of Samuel Barber played by the very gifted Oliver Nelson. A major public concert will be given at the end of the week in Sherborne Abbey with a programme  selected from the works below. To ensure a place in the orchestra, it is advised that early application is made.







Symphony No.35 in D major, ‘Haffner’, K385

Violin Concerto, Op.14

El sombrero de tres picos, Suite No.1

Siegfried Idyll

Sinfonietta ‘La Jolia’

La Cenerentola Overture

Peter Stark’s performances are exhilarating, imaginative and thought-provoking and his teaching has inspired thousands of musicians across the world. At the heart of all Peter’s work as conductor, teacher and consultant lies a passion and commitment to the study and practice of music to profit humanity. Peter has conducted many of the world’s leading ensembles including the London Symphony Orchestra, Hallé, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the English Chamber Orchestra. He has assisted a number of the world’s finest conductors including Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Lord Menuhin, Sir Roger Norrington and Klaus Tennstedt.

He is Professor of Conducting at the Royal College of Music in London and Rehearsal Director of the European Union Youth Orchestra. He was Conductor-in-Residence with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for 25 years. Peter has given regular masterclasses in China and St Petersburg and in the current season he will conduct performances in many venues in the Far East and across Europe. In 2017 he was appointed Principal Conductor of the Arabian Youth Orchestra and in 2018 Principal Guest Conductor of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra. In 2019 he takes up the position of ‘Special Term Professor’ at the Zhejiang Conservatory in Hangzhou, China.

An increasing interest in media work has involved him in the BBC 2 series ‘Maestro’ and ‘Maestro at the Opera’. He has also featured on BBC4 as a ‘Maestro Cam’ expert for BBC Promenade concerts.