Conductors at work

It’s quite unusual to be able to watch young conductors developing their skills under the eyes of acknowledged masters and also to observe established conductors working to a tight performance deadline with newly-encountered groups of musicians. Subjects here include Sian Edwards, Neville Marriner, Leo Hussain, Ilan Volkov, Diego Masson, Sir Charles Mackerras and Holly Mathieson and George Jackson.

Sian Edwards the English conductor at Dartington in 2011.

Sir Neville Marriner 1924-2016 – English violinist who became a renowned and prolific conductor, founding and directing orchestras throughout the world. When asked for an epitaph for his gravestone, he replied "Follow the beat…"

Leo Hussain, British orchestral and operatic conductor here conducting the Dartington Summer School orchestra in 2011.

Leo Hussain with John Woolrich the composer.

Ilan Volkov born in Israel in 1976 is an orchestral conductor. His father, Alexander Volkov, founded the Israel Piano Trio and performed and taught at Dartington for many years. Ilan visited Dartington several times as a child and was in later years a bursary student. These photographs show him conducting the Israel Piano Trio in 2008, whose members included the last surviving member of the originators – Menahem Breuer.

Diego Masson, the French conductor, composer and percussionist, conducting the Dartington Festival Orchestra in 2010.

2010 – Diego Masson and violinist Miriam Kramer rehearse Cantillation for violin and orchestra, a haunting piece by Minna Keal who became a composer late in her life and as a 65-year-old studied composition with Oliver Knussen.

Diego García Rodriguez studied and worked as assistant conductor to Diego Masson in 2009 and 2010 conducting 'Madama Butterfly' by Puccini and 'Le nozze di Figaro' by Mozart. He is the Artistic and Musical Director of the Taller Atlántico Contemporáneo ensemble.

Oliver Knussen - Scottish born composer and conductor.

Sir Charles Mackerras (1925-2010) was an Australian conductor who led the opening concert of the Sydney Opera House and became the first non-British conductor to preside over the Last Night of the Proms. He’s seen conducting at Dartington in 2008.

New Zealand-born Holly Mathieson was a student on the Advanced Conducting Course with Pierre-André Valade in 2013. She returned to Dartington as a guest conductor the following year.

George Jackson seen here as a student on the conducting course in 2011. He won the 2015 Aspen Conducting Prize and has worked on many opera productions throughout the world, most recently at the Metropolitan Opera New York and the Opéra National de Paris.