Principal Conductor: Daniel Hogan
Professional string, woodwind and brass tutors

“Repertoire was fabulous. A great opportunity to meet like-minded people.”
– 2019 course member

“Usual week of inspiration and total immersion in music.”
– 2019 course member

“Loved the atmosphere and the friendliness”
– 2018 Sinfonietta member

Daniel Hogan will be joining NLMS to conduct the Sinfonietta in 2022, taking the orchestra through a variety of repertoire, some of it in conjunction with the Choir. With an interesting mix of the familiar and the unfamiliar, Daniel will guide the players through works by a variety of composers, all with surnames beginning with M. There’s also a bit of travel to be done, from the wilds of Scotland to the depths of France, with a quick trip to Sicily thrown in for good measure!

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. Clarinettists should bring both B flat and A instruments.

As well as preparing repertoire for the end of course concert – which will definitely include the Mascagni, and some of the Mendelssohn and the Milhaud – there will also be several sessions devoted to non-concert pieces, so as to give as much variety as possible to the week’s music making. Within the main orchestral timetable there are also sectional sessions with our hugely experienced team of tutors, aimed at improving every aspect of orchestral technique.

String and woodwind players from the two orchestras also get opportunities through the week to work with tutors on specific ensemble repertoire. String sessions are co-ordinated by Steve Bingham, and woodwind by Graham Dolby, and the ensembles get a chance to showcase their work in the Ensembles Concert. There will be specific programmed rehearsal sessions for Sinfonietta strings and Sinfonietta woodwind. These sessions are tutor-led and will explore repertoire chosen to suit each ensemble. They also provide an opportunity to work on some of the specific skills needed to work as an instrumental section. Brass players – not to be left out – have their own ensemble sessions and concert.

2022 repertoire:

  • Mendelssohn – Symphony no.3, op.56 “Scottish” [parts]
  • Mascagni – Easter Hymn, from Cavalleria Rusticana (with the Choir) [parts]
  • Milhaud – Suite Française (orchestral version) [copyright – parts unavailable]
  • Hamish McCunn – The Land of the Mountain and the Flood [parts]
  • Mozart – Symphony no.31 in D “Paris” [parts]

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.

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