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Academy 2012: Comprehending Coursing
London Sinfonietta

With composer Oliver Knussen as the focus of Academy 2012, we worked closely with conductor Elgar Howarth and London Sinfonietta players to explore the composer's 1979 work Coursing.

The London Sinfonietta Academy is an unparalleled opportunity for emerging performers to train with the world's leading contemporary music ensemble. This documentary was made during the week long course of rehearsals and masterclasses, which culminate in a public performance. The film explores the complex and nuanced structure of Oliver Knussen's Coursing with London Sinfonietta principal players and academy students alike; together they look at the type of practical and musical preparation required to rehearse and perform a piece of this complexity. Conductor Elgar Howarth also offers his thoughts on the kind of preparation required of a conductor for the piece, as well as his reading of the inspiration behind it and its effervescent, monody line.