What a privilege


I've been listening to a marvellous tribute to the wonderful and charismatic conductor George Hurst who died last week.  I was lucky enough to meet and briefly photograph him at the Sherborne Music School as he took a masterclass.  He was teaching American conductor Esther Yoon and explaining the need to use facial expression to guide an orchestra, and the importance of eye-contact with the musicians.  She had returned to the summer school after his tuition the year before, which she said had been utterly inspiring.  Indeed, Simon Rattle says that the experience of seeing Hurst's performance of Mahler's Second Symphony when he was about eleven, put him firmly on the path to becoming a conductor himself.   

Hurst had a great interest in nurturing young musicians and his expertise in teaching at Sherborne, where he was a tutor for fifty years, will be hugely missed.  

© Hattie Miles 2021