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.
Linda Hirst studied the flute and singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Her career as a mezzo soprano began in the early music revival of the seventies singing for Roger Norrington, John Elliot Gardiner and David Munrow as well as making Atom Heart Mother with Pink Floyd, recording Tommy with The Who and 2000 Motels with Frank Zappa. From 1974 to 1978 she was a Swingle Singer, she then co-founded Electric Phoenix. With both groups Linda travelled the world leading to an international career working with living composers; among them Ligetti, Berio and Henze and recording pieces written for her by Knussen, Weir, Holt and Osborne etc.
Linda has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, ensembles, festivals and opera companies with conductors Rattle, Gielen, Nagano, Howarth, Harding and more. Alternative contemporary music also interests her and recordings with Ivor Cutler and the Tom Waits song “What is he building in there” are examples. Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire has been a constant thread throughout the last 40 years, a highlight being Glen Tetley’s ballet with the Royal Opera House. She has always worked in education and was Head of Vocal Studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire from 1995 to 2017. She has given masterclasses in the Teatro Colon, La Fenice, several American Universities and for many years at Dartington and the Hilliard Ensemble Summer Schools. She is a fellow of Dartington College of Arts, an Hon DLit (Huddersfield) and a trustee of the Hinrichsen Foundation. Linda was made President of the Kathleen Ferrier Society in 2013.
She is a fellow of Dartington College of Arts, an Hon DLit (Huddersfield) and a trustee of the Hinrichsen Foundation. Linda has been a member of the Arts Council CMN panel and was made President of the Kathleen Ferrier Society in 2013.
David Elwin studied at the Royal Academy of Music under Jean Harvey, Max Pirani and Rex Stephens. His first professional work was as staff pianist with the Royal Ballet, and later the English National Ballet. He regularly performed as piano soloist in reduced versions of both companies in nationwide venues. In 1992 he left ENB to follow a freelance career and is now engaged combining activities as repetiteur, duo partner, soloist, instrumental coach and teacher. From 1987 until 1995 he was house accompanist for the renowned voice trainers Audrey Langford and Andrew Field, working with a distinguished roster of singers including Joan Rogers, Susan Bullock, Stephen Varcoe and Martyn Hill. In 2002 he was accompanist in residence for the first London Lieder Competition. Until July 2011 he worked for fifteen years with students at the Kent Music Academy as pianist and coach for concerts and examinations.
Martyn Noble is currently Sub-Organist at H.M. Chapel Royal, St. James’s Palace, Accompanist and Teacher of Organ at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, Musician-in-Residence and Teacher of Piano at Highgate School and Accompanist of the Concordia Chamber Choir. In the UK, he has given Organ recitals in many Cathedrals and churches, he has also played in Paris, Leiden (Holland), Budapest, Brussels, Germany and Northern Ireland. As an accompanist he has worked for professors and students at the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music’s Chorus and for Music Festivals such as the Leeds Lieder Festival and the British Isles Music Festival. Last year, he was fortunate
to play Keys 2 for the UK tour of ‘Miss Saigon’. In 2015, Martyn graduated with a first class BMus from the Royal College of Music. He has appeared live on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4 and has recorded several CD’s with Priory and Signum Records. Martyn plays annually for Classic FM’s broadcast of ‘Carols from Buckingham Palace’ which airs immediately after H.M. The Queen’s speech on Christmas Day.