Principal Conductor: Steve Bingham

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 provided by the summer school. Members may also participate in the full range of optional activities, including the open choir.

This course is intended for instrumentalists of approximately Grades 5-7 but applications from string players of a slightly lower standard than that, who have good experience, will be considered.

In 2018 we were delighted also to welcome cellist Joshua Lynch, who performed the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto no.1 with the orchestra, giving members the chance to work with a top soloist.

Other exciting repertoire included Mascagni’s wonderful Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana, movements from Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony and the exciting Habanera by Chabrier.

Alongside preparing repertoire for the end of course concert there will also be two sessions devoted to additional pieces, so as to give as much variety as possible to the week’s music making. This year we’ll be including movements from Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, south American composer Arturo Marquez’s catchy Danzon no.2 and more!

String tutor David Lewis will take two sessions with the Sinfonietta strings, giving them the chance to explore some of the rich string repertoire, which in 2018 will include the Grieg Elegiac Melodies and Dvořák’s Nocturne, op. 40, whilst our string coaches have time with their respective sections during the week to improve all aspects of orchestral technique.

Our new woodwind co-ordinator, Margaret Archibald, assisted by our part time tutors, will explore wind repertoire and work with the woodwind players on technical challenges, whilst the brass players – not to be left out! – have their own ensemble sessions and concert.