Frome Orchestral Weekend 2017


Richard Strauss – Eine Alpensinfonie

4th and 5th NOVEMBER 2017

Vacancies update 12/09/2017  – Violin, Viola, Double Bass, Heckelphone, Bass/C Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Harp, Timpani, Percussion

What is Frome Orchestral Weekend?

Founded in 2013, the annual Frome Orchestral Weekend provides the opportunity for enthusiastic musicians to learn and perform a large-scale orchestral work during an intensive weekend of tutored workshops and rehearsals.  Musicians from across the country take part, enjoying a superb opportunity to improve as musicians and make new friends.We have assembled a team of highly-experienced and motivational tutors who work with each orchestral section. There will be a public performance at the end of the weekend conducted by Frome Symphony’s music director, Mark Gateshill. Have a look at this clip of last year’s performance.

What is this year’s work?

This year we will be performing Richard Strauss’s huge tone poem, Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony). Written in 1915, the work consists of twenty-two continuous sections of music, and (appropriately!) depicts the experiences climbing an Alpine mountain. An Alpine Symphony is one of Strauss’s largest non-operatic works in terms of performing forces, requiring over 100 musicians. A typical performance lasts around 50 minutes.

Who are the tutors?

Our tutors are all accomplished orchestral professionals with extensive experience in tutoring and mentoring amateur musicians.

When and where?

The weekend takes place in Frome, Somerset, UK. Rehearsals take place in Frome College, with the performance in the Cheese and Grain, a multi-purpose performance venue with an excellent acoustic for large-scale orchestral music. Registration is from 0900hrs on Saturday 4th November. At the end of Saturday’s work (about 6pm) there is the opportunity to socialise. On Sunday, we will restart at 10am, moving to the concert venue later in the afternoon, with some free time at the end of the dress rehearsal prior to a 7.30pm performance.

How much does it cost?

The fee for the weekend is £75, with a special price of £40 for full-time students. This includes all tuition, buffet lunch on both days, and refreshments. You will need to make your own accommodation arrangements, and there are plenty of hotels and guesthouses in Frome and the local area.

Who is it for?

The music is challenging, so the weekend is aimed at experienced musicians (e.g. amateur orchestra or school/university orchestra). As a guide, for “one to a part” musicians (i.e. woodwind and brass), we would recommend a minimum standard approximately equivalent to ABRSM grade 8, and for string players at least grade 7. If you would like to discuss suitability, please call Jon on 07760 393514.

How do I apply?

Please complete the form below to pre-register (no obligation at this stage). If there are spaces available for your instrument, we will then formally invite you to confirm your registration. If you would like to ask any questions or discuss before you pre-register, please call Jon on 07760 393514.

Frome Orchestral Weekend is promoted and organised by Frome Symphony (Registered Charity 1167989)