Sherborne Summer School of Music
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Sherborne Summer School of Music 2020
This website describes the courses that were on offer in both 2020 and 2021 prior to the schools being cancelled.
This is to give you an idea of the range of courses, the expertise of our tutors and the standard of performance materials.
The George Hurst Conductors’ Course
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.
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
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 toThursday 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.
Repertoire Pre-preparation is essential, any reputable edition is acceptable.
La Clemenzo di Tito Overture, K.621
Symphony No.4 in B flat major, Op.60
Symphony No.9 in E minor, Op.95 “From the New World”
Appalachian Spring (version for orchestra)