Education Programmes

Conservatorium Orchestral Projects

Simon Murphy's hand-crafted, conservatorium orchestral projects are specifically designed to empower tertiary students with the information, knowledge, tools and skills necessary for effective, meaningful interpretation and performance of 17th, 18th and 19th century music. 

Increasingly, both modern symphony orchestras as well as period instrument orchestras demand that their musicians are completely conversant with many, diverse musical styles. Murphy's conservatorium orchestral projects help institutions ensure that the students in their care become fully equipped with these vital skills, knowledge and experiences as part of their preparations to be able to lead fully artistically satisfying, highly successful professional careers. 

Achieving immediate results from a highly effective working style, Murphy's projects give the students the tangible excitement and satisfaction of experiencing these new gained skills in a real time application as they sense themselves bringing the music to life with newly found depth, refinement, detail and impact. Simultaneously, the projects contribute to strategic, long term student development, by refining the student's ear, empowering them with the tools and confidence necessary to excel, and by inspiring them to aim for greatness - individually and within a team. 

To date, Murphy's conservatorium orchestral projects have illicited responses from international conservatorium directors such as "That's amazing - I didn't know our students were that good" and "I didn't think our student orchestra would be capable of producing such a high level performance with such energy and refinement". 

Repertoire and Project Programmes 

A project would generally run for a week, with 3 or 4 full days of rehearsal, followed by a number of public performances. The repertoire of each project's programme has been purposely selected by Murphy to provide the best educational, musical material to develop the knowledge and skills of the students in rehearsal and performance, and with which to produce the most effective and long lasting results for the students in the areas of musical language, style, historically informed interpretation, sound production, key colour, articulation and expression. The projects include fully marked-up scores and parts of standard repertoire (Murphy is himself a string player) as well as fully marked-up performing material of the recently rediscovered works involved (in new modern editions by Murphy). The orchestral programmes currently available include the following: 

The Cult of Corelli, his classic Concerti Grossi and his iconic orchestra, all in a new light
A. Corelli "Concerti Grossi" (selection) 
G.F. Handel "The Water Music" (selections or complete)
B. Marcello/A. Vivaldi Oboe Concerto / Selected Handel (Bravura) Arias 

Bach and his Contemporaries (directing from the viola) 
J.S. Bach Orchestral Suite no. 2 
G.P. Telemann Viola Concerto in G (as soloist) / 
A. Vivaldi Oboe Concerto and Sopranino Recorder Concerto 
J.S. Bach Selected Arias / Brandenburg Concerto no. 3 / Orchestral Suite no. 3

Birth of the Symphony (String Orchestra)
Seminal Mannheim String Symphonies by 
J. Stamitz, F.X. Richter and I. Holzbauer

Birth of the Symphony (String Orchestra with Winds) 
The profound influence of Mannheim on Mozart (and others)
J. Stamitz Symphony in D 
W.A. Mozart Oboe Concerto / J. Haydn Cello Concerto in C
W.A. Mozart Mannheim arias
A. Filz Symphony in A 
W.A. Mozart Symphony no. 31 "Paris"

New Generation 
Groundbreaking symphonies by the pan-European founders of the symphony and symphony orchestra
J. Stamitz Symphony in D 
C.P.E. Bach Symphony in D 
J.F. Reichardt Symphony in G 
C.F. Abel Symphony in C 
J. Schmitt "The Dutch Haydn" Symphony in E flat "Hurdy Gurdy"
C.E. Graaf Symphony in D 

Contemporaries of Beethoven 
L. Spohr Symphony no. 2 in D minor / C. Czerny Symphony no. 2 in D, Op. 78 
P. Wranitzky Overture to "Oberon"
B. Romberg Overture to "Ulysses"
L. van Beethoven Symphony no. 1 in C / Symphony no. 2 in D 

A Night at the Opera 
G. Rossini Overture to "La Cenerentola" ("Cinderella"), "Il barbiere di Siviglia" ("The Barber of Seville") and "La Gazza Ladra" ("The Thieving Magpie")
C.M. von Weber Overture to "Oberon" and "Der Freischütz" 
D. Cimarosa Overture to "Il Matrimonio Segretto" 
N. Gade Echoes of Ossian
A. Lortzing Overture to "Der Wildschütz"
Selected arias by Mozart, Paisiello and Lortzing 

About Simon Murphy, Educator 

A highly experienced and passionate educator, Simon Murphy has earned an international reputation for his positive, personal, energising, encouraging and empowering approach to tertiary teaching and educating - from one-on-one guest teaching on Baroque and modern violin and viola, through to giving string master-classes, leading ensemble workshops and directing conservatorium orchestral projects. He has given workshops and master-classes in the areas of historical performance practice, chamber music, solo and orchestral performance, repertoire, musical aesthetics, and on (modern and Baroque) string playing at leading international education institutions including The Royal Conservatorium in The Hague, The Conservatorium of Sydney, The Royal College of Music in Stockholm, The Glinka Conservatorium in Nizhny Novgorod, The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and The Central Conservatory Beijing. 

As a world authority on the early classical symphony with numerous first recordings to his name, Murphy is responsible for pioneering work, rediscovering, performing and recording seminal, visionary 18th century orchestral and symphonic repertoire. His Corelli project has shed completely new light on the performance practice and soundscape of Corelli's orchestra, and was recently voted as one of the top five highlights of the 30 year history of the Holland Festival of Early Music Utrecht. His ground-breaking work on the Mannheim symphonists has been lauded for presenting the works of these seminal composers in a dynamic and compelling manner. Murphy's conservatorium orchestral projects share this valuable knowledge with the musicians of tomorrow. 


For further information, inquiries and bookings please send an email using the contact page or call direct on + 31 614 975 395. 

Programmes and Programme Concepts © Simon Murphy, 2012.