The George Hurst Conductors’ Course                        4 to 11 August

Rodolfo Saglimbeni

Course Director

      with Robert Houlihan

                with Natalia Luis-Bassa

             assisted by David Smith

Tutors’ Biographies

Practical Conducting Course

Wind Band Conducting

The Art of Choral Direction

List of Courses

General Information including the enrolment form

George Hurst made an immense impression on orchestral conducting in the last half of the 20th century. He was enormously admired for his musical integrity and for his outstanding ability to foster the talents of emerging conductors. As a teacher at the Sherborne Summer School of Music (formerly Canford) and the Royal Academy of Music he taught many now famous names including Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Andrew Davies, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Mark Wigglesworth and his name is associated with remarkable regularity as the teacher who set many aspiring young conductors on careers of note.

The George Hurst Conductors’ Course is internationally recognised as one of the foremost summer programmes for training conductors. Students from intermediate to advanced levels are invited to hone their craft through practical experience and tuition that is focused on their individual needs.

Repertoire: (Any reputable edition is is acceptable but in case of doubt the following editions are recommended)

All students are expected to prepare the course repertoire as thoroughly as possible before commencement of the course in order to gain full benefit from the tuition offered.

Participants who play orchestral instruments are asked to bring them to play in the class ensemble. Students who are competent pianists will be asked to assist with playing piano reductions and may wish to acquire knowledge of them before the course begins.

The course will start at 14.30 on Sunday afternoon. In this session all students will be invited to conduct a short section of a movement of their choice from the set repertoire so that the tutors can make a preliminary assessment of their requirements.

Score Learning Techniques   Lessons in score learning skills will also be available out of session time.  These will be open to all members of the course who wish to participate.

Rehearsal Techniques for Youth and Amateur Orchestras One evening, Rodolfo Saglimbeni will give a talk on the setting up, rehearsal techniques, programming and the care of youth and amateur orchestras.

Please note. The summer school does not have a music shop on site. Students should purchase their course materials before they arrive at the school either from their local music shop or from our nominated internet supplier, Forsyth Music. The following address will take you straight to the Sherborne Summer School of Music section of Forsyth’s website where you will find the music for your course ready to purchase:

Key features:

Our purpose: to enable students to understand and conduct significant orchestral repertoire in a way that is clear, distinct and musically rewarding.

The course is designed for conducting students in full time study, professional performers, teachers and conductors in education and amateurs.

The ethos is inclusive, collaborative, friendly and supportive.

All participants receive podium time in individually tutored workshops with the class ensemble or piano. They will also have time (adapted to individual abilities) in ‘repertoire sessions’ working with a larger orchestra in the afternoons Monday to Thursday and on Thursday evening. A camcorder will be available in orchestral sessions: students are asked to bring their own labelled SD card if they wish to create a record of their work.

The course is structured to provide all students with daily technique sessions, musicianship classes, score preparation and rehearsal techniques.

Observers are welcome from all musical backgrounds and at any level and can participate in the technique sessions and the class orchestra.

Strauss, J




Die Fledermaus Overture, Op.362

Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67

Prélude à l’Après-midi d’un Faun    
Tableaux D’une Exposition)

Boosey & Hawkes

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