Maltese horn player returns from Scottish training course
Glen Zammit recently completed a postgraduate diploma in French horn performance at Glasgow’s Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Glasgow is a busy musical city with three full-time professional orchestras playing all week. This meant Zammit could watch his teachers, David Flack and David McClenaghan, put into practice what they were teaching him.
During the course, Zammit had two weekly performance classes during which he performed a concerto in front of his teachers and peers and received feedback about his performance. The course also included horn rep and brass classes and 90 minutes of private tuition. At the end of the week the students would have a 90-minute session in which all the horns played ensemble music.
Apart from this, Zammit took part in chamber concerts, full orchestra concerts and also operas that were in-house productions that included established foreign conductors and soloists.
Zammit commented: “The course I chose was a 50 per cent orchestral and 50 per cent solo. We also had the possibility to undertake a related study. In my first year I studied the natural horn and in the second year the wagner tuba. Besides learning a lot during the course the best experiences were winning apprenticeships with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.”
Zammit’s studies were supported by the Malta Arts Scholarships.