Symphony Orchestra

Principal Conductor: Peter Selwyn

There will be three timetabled sessions each day, which will be divided between full orchestral, sectional and ensemble sessions. Specialist coaches will take the sectional and ensemble sessions, and, in the case of strings, will lead the sections. Sectional rehearsals will concentrate on concert repertoire, and the ensemble sessions will provide opportunities to explore more specialist repertoire for strings, wind and brass.


In addition to timetabled sessions, there are opportunities during the week to form ad hoc ensembles, and members are encouraged to bring sets of music for that purpose, as these are not generally provided by the summer school. Members may also participate in the full range of optional activities, including the open choir. Clarinettists should bring both B flat and A instruments if possible.

This course is intended for instrumentalists of a standard equivalent to Grade 8 or higher, but applications from string players of a slightly lower standard than that, who have good orchestral experience, will be considered.

The repertoire will consist of works for full orchestra, with four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timps and percussion. The 2017 repertoire featured:

  • Richard Strauss – Tod und Verklärung 
  • Copland – Four Dance Episodes from “Rodeo”
  • Brahms – Symphony No. 2
  • Berlioz – Symphonie Fantastique (selected movements)

Steve Bingham will conduct the string ensemble in Mozart’s “Serenata Notturno” and Pehr Henrik Nordgren’s “Portraits of Country Fiddlers”.

Brass and woodwind ensembles will be formed, directed by specialist tutors. These groups will perform a selection of their repertoire in the ensembles concert.