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.

Concert repertoire in 2018 was of César Franck’s exciting Symphony in D minor, coupled with something chosen from the other repertoire which the orchestra explored during the week:

  • Rimsky-Korsakov – Russian Easter Festival Overture
  • Britten – Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes

In our purely repertoire ‘discovery’ sessions also be looked at Dmitri Shostakovich’s 9th Symphony.

As with the Sinfonietta the separate sections of the orchestra will receive professional tuition from our amazing team of tutors, giving them the chance to discover new and exciting repertoire under expert tutelage, and for members of both orchestras there is also the Members’ Concert to look forward to, plus a wide variety of Open Sessions.

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