WEEK ONE 29 July to 5 August
WEEK TWO 5 to 12 August
BASBWE Wind Conducting Course
In association with the BASBWE Education Trust
Mark Heron, Bjørn Sagstad and Alberto Roque
Composer in residence Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen
This internationally recognised course is for conductors at intermediate and advanced levels with an interest in wind repertoire, or a desire to immerse themselves in issues relating to conducting wind and brass instruments. Up to twenty-five students will be accepted as "active" participants. Observers are also encouraged and will be fully involved in the course, but they will only conduct at the discretion of the tutors. An integral feature of the week is that all active participants receive podium time with an ensemble each day and a performance opportunity at the end of the week. This year we are fortunate to have the eminent composer Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen to join us.Torstein will not only spend time with the class but will assist in the preparation of his works for performance.The course will begin at 14.30 on Sunday afternoon in order that all participants have the opportunity to conduct on the first day.
Participants will explore the physical language of conducting, score preparation, rehearsal technique and repertoire knowledge. All conducting sessions are filmed by camcorder and students are asked to bring with them a standard SD memory card in order to create a record of their work. This will also be used for regular review sessions during the week. The course runs concurrently with the Wind Ensemble Course and there will be close liaison between the two including the opportunity for selected participants to work with that ensemble. All participants should bring any instruments that they play in order to accommodate ensemble work within the class. (If for any reason you are unable to bring your instrument(s), please let the summer school office know when you enrol). Students should, as a minimum, prepare thoroughly the works marked with an asterisk before commencement of the course. You may then wish to select further pieces from the remaining repertoire - it is usually more beneficial to know some of the music well, than all of it not so well. More experienced students may also wish to prepare works from the Wind Ensemble repertoire list.
For further information students should visit http://markheron.co.uk/teachingsherborne.htm where further background information is available.