Week 2    7th to 14th August


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Choral Workshops

Early morning Chi Kung

The George Hurst Conductors’ Course is internationally recognised as one of the foremost summer programmes for training conductors. Students from intermediate to advanced levels are invited to hone their craft through practical experience and tuition that is focused on their individual needs.

All students who play orchestral instruments are expected to bring them to play in the class ensemble. Students who are competent pianists will be asked to assist with playing piano reductions and may wish to acquire knowledge of them in advance.

The course will start at 14.30hrs on Sunday afternoon. In this session all students will be invited to conduct a short section of a movement of their choice from the set repertoire so that the tutors can make a preliminary assessment

Key features

The course is aimed at conducting students in full time study, professional performers, educators and amateurs wishing to develop their conducting skills.

The ethos of the class is collaborative, friendly and supportive.


All participants receive podium time in individually tutored workshops with a class ensemble or piano. For more advanced students there are repertoire sessions with a larger orchestra in the afternoons from Monday toThursday and on Thursday evening. A camcorder will be available in orchestral sessions and all students are asked to bring their own labelled standard SD card if they wish to create a record of their work.

The course is structured to provide all students with daily technique sessions, musicianship classes, score preparation and rehearsal techniques.

Observers are welcome from all musical background, at any level, and can participate in technique sessions and the class orchestra. They do not  receive individual tuition but towards the end of the week there is an opportunity for them to conduct if they wish.

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





La Clemenza di Tito Overture, K.621

Symphony No.4 in B flat major, Op.60

Symphony No.9 in E minor, Op.95 “From the New World”

Appalachian Spring , Suite for 13 Instruments




The George Hurst Conductors’ CourseI

Rodolfo Saglimbeni director

with Denise Ham and Dominic Grier

assisted by John Longstaff




Boosey & Hawkes

Please note
This year the summer school will 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 shop or from our nominated internet supplier, Forwoods ScoreStore (0800 072 0354)   Click on the following link to take you straight to the Sherborne Summer School section of the Forwoods website and there you will find all the music for your course ready to purchase :  scorestore.co.uk

In addition to the score preparation and learning skills mentioned above in the course structure, John Longstaff will be available to give private lessons in score learning skills which will be bookable at the school through the Summer School office.