Wardourcastlesummerschool

A Blog about the Wardour Castle Summer Schools 1964, 1965

Advertisement for the 1965 WCSS

The following is the text from a flyer/booklet advertising the 1965 WCSS.

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THE WARDOUR CASTLE SUMMER SCHOOL OF MUSIC

14th–22nd AUGUST, 1965

President:

MICHAEL TIPPETT

Musical Directors:

HARRISON BIRTWISTLE

PETER MAXWELL DAVIES

ALEXANDER GOEHR

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The Wardour Castle Summer School of Music was founded last year by Harrison Birtwistle, Alexander Goehr and Peter Maxwell Davies with ‘the purpose of bringin together professional and amateur composers and performers to study, as well as pre-classical, classical and romantic works, those twentieth century classics which have been neglected in this country. Also to study works by as many as possible of the composers who are present at the course.

Wardour Castle, Tisbury, Wiltshire, is an elegant 18th century house, designed for the Arundell family by the architect, James Paine and is now the home of Cranborne Chase School. It is 17 miles from Salisbury and 7 miles from Shaftesbury. Trains from London (Waterloo) to Tisbury take about 2 ½ hours.

Facilities include small dormitories, hard tennis courts, swimming pool and extensive private grounds.

Concerts, open to the public, but free to all students, will be given during the course by the Melos Ensemble and other artists. These will include the first performances of works by Birtwistle, Goehr and Maxwell Davies commissioned for the occasion by the Melos Ensemble. The concerts will also include The Musical Offering by J. S. Bach and a performance with Bethany Beardslee, of “Pierrot Lumaire” by Schoeberg. The Summer School is also commissioning other works for these concerts by composers who will be present at the course.

The Composition Class is being organised by Peter Maxwell Davies and will centre round the study of Mahler’s 3rd Symphony, Bach’s Two and Three-Part Inventions and “Pierrot Lunaire” by Schoenberg. (It will be an advantage for members to possess scores for these works). There will also be classes for the performance of works by composers attending the course. Composers interested in this must write to the Director, via the Hon. Secretary.

String Classes. It is hoped that these will be of special interest, for as well as classes for quartets, trios etc. there will be a string orchestra, with each section let by a member of the teaching faculty. Works to be studies include classical and pre-classical works, and “Little Music” which has been written specially by Alexander Goehr.

The Choir and Orchestra will perform works written for the course by Hugh Wood and David Bedford. They will also do a Bach Cantata, and the Motet in forty parts by Tallis. This will be conducted by Michael Tippett.

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FACULTY

Composition MICHAEL TIPPETT
ALEXANDER GOEHR
PETER MAXWELL DAVIES
HUGH WOOD
HARRISON BIRTWISTLE
Singing BETHANY BEARDSLEE
Choir JOHN ALLDIS
Large Ensemble Groups EDWARD DOWNES
String Classes EMMANUEL HURWITZ– Violin
LEONARD FRIEDMAN– Violin
CECIL ARONOWITZ– Viola
TERENCE WEIL– Cello
Wind Serenade Classes GERVADE DE PEYER
Quintets etc. NEILL SANDERS
Clarinet GERVADE DE PEYER
Flute WILLIAM BENNETT
Horn NEILL SANDERS
Piano LAMAR CROWSON
Harpsichord MICHAEL THOMAS

Private Lessons may be arranged with any of the above faculty, fees on application to the Hon. Sec.

The fee per member for the whole course will be 14 guineas. A reduction will be made for non-residents. A deposit of 3 guineas, non-returnable in case of withdrawal, will be required on registration, the balance of the fee being payable before the 1st August. Entries will close on 1st August, or earlier if all places are booked. Intending members are asked therefore to register as soon as possible.

Registration forms may be obtained from:–

Mrs. Mackintosh (Hon. Sec.),

Etchilhampton House,

Wilts.

(ACGB/51/1265; see 1)

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