Symphony Orchestra

Principal Conductor (for 2019): Philip Meaden


LATEST NEWS: Sadly, Peter Selwyn will be unable to conduct the Symphony Orchestra this year. However, we’re delighted to be able to confirm that Philip Meaden, NLMS Chair of Trustees, will step in to conduct the orchestra. Those who have attended the Summer School in years gone by will know that Philip has a distinguished record of conducting the orchestra, a duty he regularly shared with Keith Stent until 2012.

PLEASE NOTE: Places are still available for a clarinet, a bassoon, a timpanist/percussionist, and all strings.

(Grade 8 or higher, but string players of a slightly lower standard who have good orchestral experience will be considered.)

“You get the chance to play music you would never play otherwise. Friendly and welcoming; no competitiveness; some seriously great musicians; tuition first class: what’s not to like?”
– 2018 Symphony Orchestra member

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.

Smphony Orchestra 2018

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.

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.

Philip Meaden will be rehearsing a variety of works to a high standard with our Symphony Orchestra.

Concert repertoire for 2019 is set to include music by Wagner, Chabrier and Vaughan-Williams, with other works by Copland and Brahms being explored during the week:

  • Copland – Appalachian Spring
  • Chabrier – España †
  • Brahms – St Anthony Variations
  • Wagner – Siegfried’s Rhine Journey – Funeral March † from Götterdämmerung
  • Vaughan Williams – Symphony no.2 †

† – indicates proposed concert piece

Rehearsals will vary between purely repertoire ‘discovery’ sessions and detailed work on core pieces for the concert. 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.

>> Places for woodwind and brass may be limited – Apply now!