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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

Week 2

All students who play orchestral instruments are expected 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 in advance.

The course will start at 14.30hrs 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                                                                                                                          continued

The George Hurst Conductors’ Course

directed by Rodolfo Saglimbeni with Denise Ham and Toby Purser                                                                           

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.

Key features

The course is aimed at conducting students in full time study, professional

performers, educators and amateurs wishing to develop their conducting skills.

The ethos of the class is collaborative, friendly and supportive.


All participants receive podium time in individually tutored workshops with

a class ensemble or piano. For more advanced students there are repertoire

sessions with a larger orchestra in the afternoons from Monday to Friday and on  

Thursday evening. A camcorder will be available in orchestral sessions; all students

are asked to bring their own labelled standard 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 and can participate in technique sessions and the class orchestra. They do not  receive individual tuition but towards the end of the week there is an opportunity for them to conduct if they wish.

assisted by John Longstaff