2018 Course and Concert

4 November 2018, Purcell Room, South Bank Centre

Final Rehearsal Before the 2017 Concert Final Rehearsal Before the 2017 Concert

The highlight of our musical year is the annual Orchestra Course, which takes place over the October half-term. This comprises a one-week residential course during which a programme of music is rehearsed for a concert in a national venue on the final afternoon. Recent venues have included Symphony Hall in Birmingham, the Barbican and Cadogan Hall in London.

This year's concert will be held at the newly refurbished Purcell Room, part of the London South Bank Centre, on Sunday 4th November 2018. The course will be held during the half-term week, Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th November at Dame Alice Owen's School, Potters Bar.

Please note that the course will be held during the Hertfordshire Schools' half term. For students attending from outside of the Hertfordshire area, the course may not coincide with their schools' half term. This year's course is therefore shorter to minimise disruption to student's schooling. If students would like to attend the course, we will be very happy to assist them by contacting schools to help obtain permission to attend.

During the week, students are provided with regular refreshments, a full cooked lunch and high tea. Residential students stay at the well equipped Lincolnsfield Centre nearby and benefit from a cooked dinner and a wide range of organised evening activities.

The concert will open with Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture. In 1829, Mendelssohn travelled throughout Great Britain and wrote a number of pieces inspired by his journey. His visit to Fingal's Cave on the Scottish Island of Staffa became the setting for this memorable concert overture. The Orchestra will also play Beethoven's Seventh Symphony, although not one of his most known symphonies, it is often considered one of the most beautiful symphonies ever written.

This year's course and concert will also give students an opportunity to play in a selection of ensembles in addition to the main orchestral programme. The programme will feature Richard Strauss's Serenade, written for Woodwind and Horns, and Elgar's Introduction and Allegro for Strings, composed for String Quartet and String Orchestra.

Full Programme
  • Felix Mendelssohn - The Hebrides
  • Richard Strauss - Serenade
  • Edward Elgar - Introduction and Allegro
  • Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony no. 7 in A

Fees for the 2018 course: Course + Residential £ 300.00, Course only £ 150.00. Fees are payable on acceptance to the course.

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