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6400430 Uppingham Orchestra Course

Tutor: Peter Robinson

Location: Uppingham School

Uppingham Orchestra Course offers the opportunity for:

·Orchestral playing of a high standard, within a full, balanced symphony orchestra.

·Daily sectional tuition with experienced professionals.

·Student bursaries to cover 50% of the course fee.

all within a welcoming and sociable atmosphere. 

Places remaining for violin, viola, bass and percussion.

If you are an orchestral musician who wants to tackle an exciting and varied repertoire, this is the course for you. Our highly experienced team of conductors and tutors will work with you to provide a wonderful musical experience. Many people return to the course year after year. Do join us and find out why!

Time is divided between preparing items for the end-of-week concert and 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 invite applications from adult musicians of all ages. What matters is that you enjoy music making to a high standard within a supportive and friendly environment.

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. 



Janáček (arranged Mackerras)                 Suite from Cunning Little Vixen 
Prokofiev                                                   Symphony No 5
Rimsky-Korsakov                                      Suite from Le Coq d'Or
Sibelius                                                     Night Ride & Sunrise
Strauss                                                      Macbeth
Wagner                                                     Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral
Walton                                                      Portsmouth Point
Williams, John                                          ET Adventures on Earth
Zimmermann                                            Gladiator


Further items to be confirmed.

Haydn                                                      Symphony no. 99
Milhaud                                                    Le boeuf sur le toit
Sibelius                                                    Rakastava
Tippett                                                      Little Music


Further items to be confirmed.

Bernstein (arranged Duthoit)West Side Story Suite


The fees for course members include all tuition, music hire and admittance to the mid-week professional chamber concert. Resident fees include all meals. The non-resident fee includes lunch and dinner. Non-participant rates are available for sharing a twin room with a course member and includes all meals and admittance to both concerts.

Course member £650*

Course member single ensuite room £755

Course member (non-resident) £440*

Course non-participant £360

* Students are eligible to apply for a bursary to cover 50% of the fee. Contact Rebecca Myatt in the Summer School Office for further details.


Conductor and tutors

Conductor   Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson is one of the UK’s most experienced and versatile opera conductors. His repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary, with a special interest in Italian opera of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Peter studied music at St John’s College, Oxfordand began his operatic career as Chorus Master at Glyndebourne, followed by several years as Head of Music Staff and Resident Conductor with The Australian Opera in Sydney. He returned to London to become Assistant Music Director at English National Opera. Recent projects have included his fifteenth consecutive appearance with Opera Holland Park; co-conducting ENO’sMarvellous Miller,celebrating Jonathan Miller’s productions spanning 40 years at the London Coliseum; conducting the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for the Finals ofThe Grange Festival International Singing Competition.

Peter has worked with most of the major British orchestras. including the LSO, LPO, RPO, Halléand BBC Concert Orchestra. For television, he has conducted Jonathan Miller’s productions ofCosì fan tutteandThe Mikado, and, for Channel 4,The Marriage of Figaro. For eight years he was Artistic Director of British Youth Opera. In addition to his work as a performer, he teaches and coaches singers regularly at the National Opera Studio, the Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker Young Artists’ Programme, and the Guildhall School, as well as the Royal College of Music, and the Royal Academy of Music where he was recently elected Hon ARAM.

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; first violin of the Tedesca String Quartet;Musical Director of The Midland Sinfonia, a professional chamber orchestra based in Alvechurch. 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. 




Uppingham Orchestra Course brochure



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...



All course members can be accommodated in two of the school’s boarding houses. The boarding houses are adjacent to one another and are within easy walking distance of the rehearsal rooms and the town centre. The rooms are simply furnished study bedrooms, all with wash basins. Twin rooms are available on request. Shared bathroom facilities are on each floor. There are a small number of single ensuite rooms which will be available for an extra charge and which will be allocated to the first to apply. While it should be possible for everyone who wishes to have a single room, it might be necessary for those on student rates or subsidized rates to share. Applications from course non-participants are welcome on the basis that they share a twin room with a course member. Both boarding houses have kitchen facilities for making hot drinks. They also have comfortable lounge facilities. All meals will be served in one of the boarding house dining rooms.

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. If you wish to apply for a student bursary please contact the Summer School Office by phone or e-mail. Otherwise apply using the on-line application form. You can download an application form from the school website.

Applications should reach Uppingham School by 30 April 2018 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.


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



Uppingham Orchestra Course
Course No. 6400430
Price From £440.00
Course Date Sat-Sat
11 - 18 Aug 2018
Course Time 09:00 - 21:30
Status: Limited availability
Adults course
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