Week One 28 July to 4 August
Week Two 4 to 11 August
Weeks 1 & 2 extra curricular activities
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.
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.