Saturday 22nd July 2017 - Sunday 30th July 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Aberystwyth SY23 3DE
The Conductors’ Course is aimed at students who already have advanced conducting experience, with lessons taking place as a group of 8 students, with emphasis on working in a mutually supportive atmosphere. The class works together for six hour per day both with pianists and with the Orion Orchestra. Classes will cover aspects of conducting technique and philosophy, musicianship and score preparation, aural awareness, and rehearsal skills.
Repertoire includes (subject to change):
Beethoven ‘Egmont’ Overture
Mozart Symphony No.31 ‘Paris’ k297/300a
Mozart Piano concerto no 23 in A, k.488
Mozart: Sprecherszene, from Die Zauberflöte
Brahms Double Concerto for violin and cello
Ligeti Romanian Concerto
Participating students are expected to have a thorough knowledge of all the scores as they will be preparing the orchestra for its performances under Toby Purser. In addition, each conductor will have extensive interaction with the composers’ course, leading to a showcase rehearsal and concert performance. For less experienced conductors, enrolling as an observer is highly recommended.
Toby Purser is holder of the ENO Mackerras Conducting Fellowship, and artistic director of the Orion Orchestra and of the Peace and Prosperity Trust. He made his company debut at English National Opera in 2014, conducting The Marriage of Figaro, and has been a regular guest at Grange Park Opera, Opera della Luna, Chelsea Opera Group, and Bampton Opera. UK Orchestras he has conducted include the RLPO, RPO, London Concert Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North and English Chamber Orchestra.
Early application is advised as places are limited to eight students, selected by CV and video if available.
The cost of the course is £595 (Observers : £120) which includes a pass to all concerts during MusicFest.
Bursaries are available for all students in full-time education. More information on bursaries is available here
Request a space on this course
You can request a space on this course here. Applications will be reviewed, and if accepted we will send full information on course joining and fee payment via email. We aim to respond within 7 days to your reservation request.
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