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Weeks 1 & 2

Choral Workshops

Early morning Chi Kung

Week 1    31st July to 7th August

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

The emphasis will be on practical work for all, including regular sessions on baton technique, score preparation, aural work 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.

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)






Academic Festival Overture, Op.80

Capriol Suite for Strings

Symphony No.40 in G minor, K.550 (version for Oboes and Clarinets)

Polovtsian Dances from ‘Prince Igor’

Practical Conducting

Rodolfo Saglimbeni director

assisted by John Longstaff


Curwen / G Schirmer



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 :

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.