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.
Dominic Grier is widely acknowledged as a young conductor of distinction, equally at home in opera, ballet and symphonic literature, as well as contemporary music and orchestral training. He read music at Cambridge University and initially studied conducting with George Hurst, then at the Royal Academy of Music (where he won the Fred Southall Memorial Prize) with Colin Metters, Sir Colin Davis and Mark Shanahan. He was a permanent staff conductor at the Royal Opera House and has served as a regular guest conductor with many of the foremost ballet companies in the UK and Europe.
Dominic made a critically acclaimed début at the Opéra National de Lyon in 2010 and has worked regularly as assistant conductor there with repertoire including Siegfried, Porgy and Bess and Death in Venice. He has also assisted at the Aldeburgh Festival and has served as rehearsal conductor with the Britten-Pears Orchestra. On the concert platform he has performed with the UK’s BBC orchestras and orchestras throughout Europe, the Far East and in South America. He is increasingly active as a teacher of conducting and is on the teaching staff at the Royal Academy of Music as Tutor in Undergraduate Conducting. Dominic was a major prize winner in the 2006 Alliance Cornhill Conducting Competition
John Longstaff read music at Girton College, Cambridge and studied conducting with George Hurst, Edward Downes and Vilem Tausky. He came second in the 1988 Leeds Conductors Competition and since then has held full time positions at the Opera House in Kiel, Germany and with Northern Ballet. He has worked on projects with Sir Charles Mackerras, David Lloyd Jones, John Price-Jones, Ivor Bolton and Richard Bonynge and is a sought-after composer, orchestrator, arranger and conducting teacher as well as playing for conducting courses with Denise Ham and Sian Edwards.
His children’s ballet Goldilocks and the Three Bears has recently been seen on CBeebies television and on national tour with Northern Ballet. He is also Director of Music at St. Peter’s Church in Harrogate and was until 2011 Artistic Director of the Sheffield Symphony Orchestra. With English National Ballet he has conducted performances of Nutcracker, Giselle, Swan Lake and Coppélia and in 2019 he was commissioned to make a new English translation of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.