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Practical Conducting Course

Rodolfo Saglimbeni director

assisted by John Longstaff  biography

30 July to 6 August 2023

This orchestral conducting course is intended to fulfil the requirements of the established musician who wishes to gain and build basic technical and interpretive conducting skills. It would also form an ideal preparatory course for the conductors’ course taking place in week two of the summer school.



In all cases, the nature of the work assigned will be at the discretion of the course director. It is recommended that students prepare the repertoire thoroughly before commencement of the course.


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





The emphasis will be on practical work for all, including regular sessions on baton technique, score preparation and rehearsal technique. Observers are encouraged and are involved in many aspects of the course including the technique classes but do not receive individual tuition. It is hoped to form, from within the class, an instrumental ensemble to facilitate practical work and to this end all orchestral instrumentalists, be they participants or observers, are encouraged to bring their instruments. Provision will also be made for extra sessions with a larger orchestra.


Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64  

Ma Mere l’Oye (5 pieces for children)  

Vltava (The Moldau)    
Il barbiere di Seviglia Sinfonia (original version)

Breitkopf and Härtel
Durand/Hal Leonard
Free download: IMSLP #381087

Score Learning Techniques

Private lessons in score learning skills will be available out of session time from John Longstaff. These will cost £25.00 per half hour and will be bookable at the summer school through the summer school office. Score learning technique lessons are open to both participants and observers.

Please note

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