WEEK ONE 29 July to 5 August
WEEK TWO 5 to 12 August
The George Hurst Conductors’ Course
Frequently Asked Questions continued
Will I have to play piano?
It is very helpful to the whole class if students who are able pianists play during the small group sessions. Two or four-hand arrangements of the set repertoire are used throughout the course and the music can be made available in advance of each session for students to practise. Many of these two and four hand arrangements are also available in public libraries enabling pre-preparation before the course begins.
How should I prepare for the course?
The most important preparation one can undertake is to study the scores of the set repertoire as thoroughly as possible. Even experienced students invariably find that they would have benefited from additional score study ahead of the course. Those who prepare all the works meticulously will gain the most from the course and be best placed to take part in all sessions. If time constraints do not allow thorough study, it is strongly recommended that rather than superficially preparing several works, at least one work be prepared in depth.
What should I bring to the course?
Students should bring their scores of the set repertoire; unless otherwise specified, any reputable edition is acceptable. They should also bring a baton, or purchase one from the summer school shop at the start of the course. (If unsure, the tutors will help with selection of a suitable baton.) Many students find it helpful to video their lessons and bring a personal camera or smartphone. A ‘digital memory card’ camera will also be available for course use.
What is the difference between this course and the Practical Conducting course?
The philosophy and technique taught on the two courses is the same. The Practical Conducting Course is somewhat less intense and better suited to those with less experience, whilst The George Hurst Conducting Course is ideal for those who already have some practical experience. It is also an ideal second step for those who have previously attended the Practical Conducting Course.