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Peter Stark

CONDUCTOR

 

 

Passion for conducting, inspirational leadership and dedication to teaching define Peter Stark’s career. An infectious spirit of adventure and the belief that music exists in everyone are at the heart of Peter’s lifelong love of classical music and musicianship.

Between October 1 2019 and January 17 2020 I managed to spend a total of six nights at home. Most of the travel was abroad for work, and I enjoyed the surreal experience on Christmas Day of swimming in the Gulf of Oman. Since Jan 18 I have been at home for all but seven nights. Strange, unpredictable and unsettling times… but so they are for everyone.

Whilst plans are on hold though, and the future so uncertain, I have been enjoying life with renewed vigour and hope for a better future for the world. New ways of interacting are likely to stay with us for good, and travel will undoubtedly be much less. None of us really know what the future will hold, but let’s seize the opportunity to create a better place.

I have two concerns, which I am sure should be considered challenges:
‘What is the future for orchestral music?’. Theatres and concert halls will undoubtedly be one of the last to recover, as they are activities that work on the basis of lots of people crammed into confined spaces. So much has been done online in the last weeks, and this has opened my eyes to what is possible, but live music, live theatre is as yet an unknown.
‘How can we maintain the trend that we were enjoying of an increasingly global world?’. I personally delighted in and benefitted from the increasing globalisation that was part of modern life pre-Coronavirus.

Both these issues need to be addressed, or we will increasingly go down the xenophobic pathway that is prevalent in some countries. I suppose there are good things though – the birds are scream-ing in the gardens, and nobody has mentioned Brexit except in passing for some weeks; I wonder if there’s chance it might be forgotten about?!

PETER STARK

Passion for conducting, inspirational leadership and dedication to teaching define Peter Stark’s career. An infectious spirit of adventure and the belief that music exists in everyone are at the heart of Peter’s lifelong love of classical music and musicianship.

As evidenced by awards and accolades of excellence, Peter’s vision of music for all inspires his work as mentor and professional, for example as Series Mentor to the BBC TV series Maestro (http://www.bbc.co.uk/musictv/maestro), and as Rehearsal Director to the European Union Youth Orchestra.

Peter remains dedicated to the advancement of sharing his vision. In addition to his professorship at the Royal College of Music, he was Coach and Conductor-in-Residence to the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for 25 years.

CONDUCTING COURSES & SEMINARS

Peter’s acclaimed courses are intensive, and focus completely on the individual. By operating in small groups (8 students maximum), emphasis is placed on observing individual skills and issues as demonstrated in workshop sessions. Communication, baton technique and posture (Alexander Technique included) are at the heart of the work. Dates for 2021 are:

  • Course 64 January 4 – 7
  • Course 65 – April 12 – 15
  • Course 66 – June 28 – July 1
  • Course 60 – August 30 – September 2

Courses are four days long; a preparation day taken by assistant Brian Lloyd-Wilson prepares the music and allows participants to get to know each other. The addition of this extra day (introduced in 2019) has proved to be extremely beneficial and is now considered an essential part of the course structure. There is no extra charge for this day, only one more night’s accommodation charge.

Course participation cost £500 plus accommodation (between £60 and £180 for the three nights, depending on levels of luxury required!

LESSON ENQUIRIES…

Individual sessions are available to anyone. These can be in either London or at my home near Fordingbridge in Hampshire. I am also very happy to teach using Skype so that you can apply for one wherever you are! A lesson should be booked usually about at least one month beforehand. If you would like to book a lesson, please click here…

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