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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

Symphony Orchestra leader Elizabeth French

Philip Ellis conductor

The Symphony Orchestra has for many year’s been one of our most successful and popular courses. This year’s repertoire will centre around masterpieces of the 19th and 20th centuries and include earth-shattering works by Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Barber, Mussorgsky-Ravel and Janáček     The Symphony Orchestra is intended to meet the needs of music students and very experienced amateurs.  Repertoire from the list below will be chosen for the summer school’s final concert in Sherborne Abbey.




Janáček arr.Talich


The Rite of Spring

Symphony No.5, Op.100

Overture to ‘The School for Scandal”’

Suite from ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’

Pictures at an Exhibition

Philip Ellis   Since winning first prize at the Leeds International Conductors’ Competition in 1991 Philip has established a reputation as one of Britain’s most versatile conductors.  In this country he has worked with all the major London and provincial orchestras including broadcasts and television appearances with all the BBC orchestras. Abroad he has a busy schedule with orchestras in France, Belgium, Holland, Hong Kong, Russia, Italy, Mexico, Australia and Germany. He is well known for his work as a ballet  conductor and has  

conducted performances with the orchestras of the Royal Opera House in London, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Orchestra of La Scala Milan, the Paris Opera Orchestra and the Turin Opera Orchestra.

He has an extensive recording catalogue and has received particular acclaim for his recordings with the soprano Lesley Garrett. Philip believes passionately in amateur music making and has worked continuously with amateur and community orchestras throughout his career.

He is currently principal conductor of the West Forest Sinfonia and was until recently principal conductor of the Jersey Symphony Orchestra.