Maestro Conducting Masterclass with Peter Stark


The 2017 Maestro Conducting Masterclass was held in April with St Giles Orchestra acting as ‘guineapig’ once again, and proved a highly instructive and enjoyable event. Eight aspiring conductors were put through their paces in movements of Dvorak’s 7th Symphony under the eagle eye of maestro Peter Stark, whose wise advice (and sometimes amusing demonstrations of ‘how not to’) enabled each participant to improve their technique during the day.

Kentaro Machida emerged as the best of the four less-experienced participants, and has been adopted as Oxford Studio Orchestra’s student conductor for the year; he will conduct Schumann’s 3rd Symphony on Sunday 25 February at 3pm in St Michael’s Church, Lonsdale Road, Oxford.

The overall winner was the outstanding Dexter Drown, who conducted Brahms’s Academic Festival Overture with St Giles Orchestra on Saturday 20 January in St Andrew’s Church, Linton Road, Oxford; not surprisingly he already has a busy conducting life in the Oxford area, including the Oxford Silver Band, as well as being an accomplished trombonist and singer.

You can view videorecordings of the final 2015 performances by clicking here.