In the 2019-20 season we want to identify excellent orchestral musicians from around the world to form the core of the Britten-Pears Orchestra in 2020, when Antonio Pappano conducts Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben. This course focusses especially on string and horn players, and will include elements such as leadership training, public masterclasses, private coaching, audition preparation, and side-by-side playing throughout.
Tippett Sonata for four horns; Little Music for strings
Mozart Divertimento No.2 KV131
Elgar Introduction and Allegro for strings Op.47
Britten Prelude and Fugue Op.29
Grainger Irish Tune from County Derry
The exceptional group of course directors are all both active performers and sought-after professors at the highest levels. They are current and former members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra NY, Minnesota Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestras, San Francisco Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin , Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra; they teach at the Juilliard School, University of Minnesota’s School of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and at the music colleges of Freiburg and Karlsruhe.
This course will culminate in an unconducted performance playing side-by-side with the course tutors.
Some rehearsals and all masterclasses will be open to the public.
Final Concert Sat 20 April 2019, 3pm, Britten Studio
We accept applications from string and horn players:
Horn (8 seats)
Double Bass (2)
We will recruit the small number of woodwind players from our alumni. We will host a course for woodwind repertoire early in the 2020-21 season.
Applications for this course open via this website on Friday 5 October and close 1600 GMT Friday 5 November.