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6100430 Uppingham Orchestra Course

Tutor: Wyn Davies

Location: Uppingham School

Uppingham Orchestra Course offers the opportunity for experienced adult musicians to play in a full symphony orchestra. In addition to the twice daily, full orchestra rehearsals with our conductor, Wyn Davies, you will receive expert tuition in sectional rehearsals from our team of highly accomplished, experienced professionals.

We are happy to receive applications from adult musicians of all ages. If you are a student and would like to apply for a place at a discounted rate, please contact the Summer School Office on 01572 820800 to apply. The important thing is that all applicants enjoy music making to a high standard within a supportive and friendly environment.

Time is divided between preparing items for the end-of-week concert and also playing a number of other works. You are very likely to see an improvement in your sight reading skills by the end of the week. Sectional rehearsals support the preparation of concert works. The tutors ensure that the sectionals are fun and non-threatening whilst enabling everyone to improve the standard of their playing.

Each afternoon various groups meet: string, chamber, wind and brass orchestras. These are directed by some of the course tutors. This might be the chance for you to play your "second" instrument. If you want yet more playing, the excellent facilities in the school mean that there is also plenty of space for informal chamber groups to rehearse.

A mid-week chamber concert features a varied programme performed by the tutors and selected course members. This is followed at the end of the week by the orchestral concert. Both concerts are open to the public.

Although it is possible to be involved in musical activities from morning to night, there is time each afternoon to explore this interesting part of England. Uppingham itself is a very attractive, small market town with attractions such as antique shops, art galleries, tea rooms and traditional pubs. Further afield there are many places to visit including Rutland Water and the county town of Oakham. You will be able to use the excellent facilities of the school’s sports centre which has amongst other things a swimming pool, badminton and squash courts. For those with energy left, socializing continues into the night at the local pubs and in the lounges of the accommodation.

We pride ourselves on the welcome we give to all and are committed to enabling you to have a really rewarding week, both musically and socially. Please don’t hesitate to contact Uppingham School if you have any questions about the course and one of the course directors will get in touch with you.

Full Orchestra

The full repertoire will be confirmed shortly. It will include:

  • Copland     Symphony No.3
  • Holst     The Perfect Fool
  • Prokofiev     Suite from The Love for Three Oranges
  • Rachmaninov     Symphonic Dances
  • Ravel     La Valse
  • Williams     Jurassic Park
  • Williams     Harry Potter Sorcerer's Stone

    String and Chamber ORCHESTRAS

    • Debussy     Danse Sacré et Danse Profane
    • Vaughan Williams     Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
    • Mozart     Haffner Symphony (No 35)
    • Fauré     Masques et Bergamasques

    Wind Orchestra

    Repertoire for the wind orchestra will be confirmed at a later date.

    Conductor and tutors

    Conductor: Wyn Davies

    Wyn Davies was born in South Wales and graduated from Christ Church Oxford. He works with a wide range of professional opera companies, orchestras and theatre companies, in the West End and in cabaret. He has been Director of Music to New Zealand Opera since 2005. Wyn first worked with Welsh National Opera. He conducted a wide variety of repertoire there, including his own edition of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea as well as Janacek cycles and Krása’s children’s opera Brundibar (televised). He later spent two years as assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, New York and undertook two seasons for the Banff Centre in Canada. Wyn has also conducted the Welsh and English National Operas, Scottish Opera and Opera North where his collaborations have been frequent and successful; from the co-production with the Royal Shakespeare Company of Show Boat to Madam Butterfly, The Merry Widow and two Gershwin musicals, Of thee I Sing and Let ’em Eat Cake. Wyn has worked with the Hallé, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and other British ensembles and with orchestras from Serbia to New Zealand. He is currently Director of Music of New Zealand Opera and will be coming to Uppingham in 2017 between conducting Rossini's La Cenerentola at Opera North and Janacek's Katya Kabanova for New Zealand Opera.

    Violin 1 tutor/String and Chamber Orchestra conductor: Nic Fallowfield

    Nic is a violinist, conductor and teacher. He has been co-leader of the English String Orchestra and Northern Sinfonia and was leader of Orchestra of the Swan in its early years. Nic is currently co-leader of Sinfonia Viva and 1st violin of the Tedesca String Quartet. He has toured extensively in Europe, North and South America, and Japan and features on countless recordings. He was invited to make his professional conducting debut in 1991 with a series of concerts in Finland since when he has conducted in Greece, Romania, Germany and Belgium. He is a much sought-after teacher of violin at Birmingham Conservatoire, where he also conducts regularly.

    Violin 2 tutor: Chris Windass

    Chris has spent much of his life based in Oxfordshire . In 1986 he formed the Adderbury Ensemble and then established the Music in Adderbury Series and the famous Oxford Coffee Concert series. He studied at the Birmingham School of Music (now Birmingham Conservatoire) where he formed part of the first ever quartet in residence. Chris went on to study with Emmanuel Hurwitz and David Takeno. He has played with symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, chamber groups and opera companies. These include: LPO, the Philharmonia, RPO; CBSO; ECO; LCO; Glyndebourne and English Touring Opera; Medici String Quartet; Brodsky String Quartet; Guildhall Strings.

    Viola tutor: Richard Muncey

    Richard was a member of the Guadagnini String Quartet which won several international prizes. He is now the principal viola of the Northern Chamber Orchestra, The London Festival Orchestra and Sinfonia Viva. He has appeared as guest principal viola with many orchestras including SCO, CBSO, Hallé, Liverpool Philharmonic and the CLS. He has taught at Lancaster and Southampton Universities and coaches at the Royal Northern College of Music and on a number of orchestral and chamber courses. Richard is a member of The Tedesca Quartet.

    Cello tutor: Dale Culliford

    Dale was born in New Zealand and, with the aid of an Arts Council Scholarship, came to England to study cello with Tanya Prochazka and Steven Isserlis. Dale has worked with many of Britain’s top orchestras, including the Philharmonia, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, and the Royal Opera. She is currently sub-principal cellist with the Hallé Orchestra, and enjoys combining her work there with solo and chamber music commitments. Her interest in music performance led her to train in the Alexander Technique. She uses this work both in her own playing and teaching.

    Double Bass tutor: Michael Escreet

    Mike read music at York University, worked with the BBC Training Orchestra and then joined the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra. He became principal bass in the BBC Philharmonic, leaving to do more period instrument playing. He was guest principal with chamber orchestras such as SCO, Manchester Camerata and NCO. Chamber work includes playing with the Legrand Ensemble and the Goldberg Ensemble, of which he was a founding member. Recently he has played with Ensemble Cymru and is a founding member of the Pleyel Ensemble, a flexible chamber group which also includes a cello / bass duo.

    Woodwind tutor: Chris Swann

    Having studied at the Royal Academy of Music, Chris spent 12 years as a clarinetist and saxophonist in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. He now follows a varied freelance career, playing Principal Clarinet with orchestras including BBC SO, RPO, BBC Philharmonic, Hallé, Ulster and SCO. He has made a number of concerto appearances with various orchestras. Chris teaches at the Royal Northern College of Music as tutor in Clarinet and EЬ Clarinet. As well as directing his nationally recognised ensemble, Zephyr, Chris has also performed chamber music with groups including the Maggini, Allegri and Alberni String Quartets.

    Brass tutor/ Wind orchestra conductor: Bob Hughes

    Bob studied with Harold Nash at the Royal Academy of Music. He has been a member of the BBC SSO, RSNO, Philharmonia Orchestra and LSO. He has toured in Europe, Asia and the USA and has played on many prestigious recordings and film soundtracks. Now focusing on his teaching and conducting commitments, Bob is Senior Tutor in Brass at the Royal Academy of Music and is a visiting tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire. He was President of the British Trombone Society from 2006- 2010.

    Course Director: Janet Minot

    Deputy Directors/Librarians: Fiona Hughes and Huw Hughes

    Minimum Requirements

    Minimum standard required of Grade 8 for Wind and Brass and Grade 7 for all other instruments.  If standard (Grade) or date grade achieved is not known, please state N/A.

    Course notes...

    How to apply

    The minimum standard required for wind and brass is Grade 8 and for all other players Grade 7. Do contact us if you are unsure about having an appropriate level of playing experience. Applicants should be 18 or over, unless accompanied by an appropriate adult.

    Please apply online, or download an application form from the school website.  See below for student applications.

    Applications should reach Uppingham School by 30 April 2017 along with the appropriate non-refundable deposit.

    An important aspect of the course is to provide the opportunity to play within a full, balanced orchestra and for that reason places in some sections of the orchestra are necessarily limited.

    Acceptance letters will be issued as soon as possible following receipt of deposit and application form. Deposits will be refunded only to unsuccessful applicants. Although early application is advisable, places may still be available after the closing date so please contact us for details. Cancellations should be notified as soon as possible. If it is necessary to withdraw from the course within three weeks of the start of the course, you will be asked to try to find a suitable replacement. See the application form for full terms and conditions.


    Allcourse members can be accommodated in two of the school’s boarding houses. The boardinghouses are adjacent to one another and are within easy walking distance of therehearsal rooms and the town centre. The rooms are simply furnished studybedrooms, all with wash basins. Twin rooms are available on request. Shared bathroomfacilities are on each floor. There are a small number of single ensuite roomswhich will be available for an extra charge and which will be allocated to thefirst to apply. While it should bepossible for everyone who wishes to have a single room, it might be necessaryfor those on student rates or subsidised rates to share. Applications from coursenon-participants are welcome on the basis that they share a twin room with acourse member. Both boarding houses have kitchenfacilities for making hot drinks. They also have comfortable lounge facilities.All meals will be served in one of the boarding house dining rooms.

    Student Fees
    Discounted rates for students are available (£320 residential, £150 non-residential). These can be booked by contacting the Uppingham Summer School office on 01572 820800, or returning an application form. 

    Disabled Access
    Although the Uppingham School site does not containany hills, use of some stairs is inevitable. If you have any specificrequirements please contact us with relevant information to ensure your stay isas comfortable as possible.



    Uppingham Orchestra Course
    Course No. 6100430
    Price From 420.00
    Course Date Sat-Sat
    05 - 12 Aug 2017
    Course Time 09:00 - 21:30
    Status: Limited availability
    Adults course
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