Please note change of venue: The event will now be a 1-day Orchestral Play Day to be held at The Memorial Hall, Pulham Market, Norfolk IP21 4SU
The Theme is Space and Planets and the works to be studied include
The Planets Orchestral Suite, Op 32 by Gustav Holst
Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001: A Space Odyssey) Richard Strauss
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: John Stephens
John Stephens is Director of Music for the Inspiration Trust. He is a well established Organist, Conductor and Teacher, based in East Norfolk.
His experience is varied and includes teaching and examining undergraduate courses (conducting, aural training, analysis, counterpoint), alongside engagements as a performer and conductor. He leads workshops and conducts church choirs, choral societies and orchestras. As a Musical Director, John has worked in the USA, France and Kenya.
John has a special interest in helping young people develop their musicianship through ensemble playing and founded The Orchestrate! Project in 2014. On invitation, John acts as and adjudicator for Music Theatre audition panels, drama audition panels, choreography competitions, music scholarship auditions and ‘House Music’ competitions.
As an organist and pianist, John is in demand as an accompanist and recitalist. Orchestrally, John is an experienced bassoonist. Chorally, John sings either Countertenor/Alto or Tenor, and has been a Deputy Alto Lay Clerk in the Norwich Cathedral Choir since 2013, appearing on two of their CD recordings and having toured with the choir to Westminter Abbey (2013) and Sweden (2014). He is an examiner for the Royal School of Church Music. John has conducted many major works, and led a long list of musicals in the theatre. He holds a Master of Music degree in Conducting, a BA(Hons) degree in Music and the Licenciate of Trinity College London diploma as a pianist.
He will be supported by a team of instrumental coaches, all of whom are suitably qualified musicians - see below.
Strings: Alex Girdlestone
Wind: Barry Carben
Brass: David Scragg
Percussion: Colin Shaw
ONLINE BOOKING now open - PLEASE USE THE FORM BELOW.
The Play Day is open to all, but we recommend that participants are of Grade 6+ standard.
COST OF THE PLAY DAY
£25 for adults
£15 for students aged under 18
Details of how to pay will be given when you submit your booking form.
Registered Charity No: XT32726
Musical Director: Margery Baker
The WVOW is supported by the Pulham Orchestra
What participants say about the Workshops:
“Somebody said it was “brilliant” – so I applied. At last the first day arrived…….Then we were ready to begin and here was the conductor. What would he be like? Would he have a good down beat – yes he did and he was more than that – really encouraging and with advice that was really helpful.”
“Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the event and it made a good change from school work.”