Online Preparation Module – 4 October – approx. 09:30 – 18:00 CET  

Students will receive lectures by Peter Maniura and Yvonne Craven on the contemporary media and audience environment for live broadcast/streamed concerts and recorded concerts. The “gold standard” of concert coverage with a camera script using a conventional OB will be analysed. The day will cover storytelling, understanding a score, structuring a camera script, rhythm and cutting ratio, placement and types of cameras and gallery technique. There will be a special focus on all aspects of remote camera work and the artistic and practical issues associated with this way of working, bearing in mind that it will be a remote system that will be used for the main course in Lisbon. All lectures will be illustrated with video clips and links will be provided to full performances for later study.  

Additionally, all participants will be asked to present a short clip of their previous work featuring an orchestra or classical music performance of some sort and will receive feedback from the lecturers. 


Homework and preparation for directing exercise – between online workshop and main workshop 

On the online day, each participant will be allocated a work or movement from the concert that we will cover with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, which they have to camera script on the score prior to arriving in Lisbon. From this point, the participants will be divided into two groups and each will have one of the lecturers as their mentor. 

They will be given a full briefing of how to mark up the score by Yvonne Craven who will be the script supervisor on the day. The scripts will need to be delivered in advance of the main workshop so that the students can receive feedback from their mentor and incorporate any changes before the scripts are passed on to Yvonne. 

Participants are asked to be aware that preparing the camera script is likely to take up to two days and they should therefore make sure that, in planning their professional and personal schedules, they will have time to finish their work between the online course and the deadline for the submission of their script. This is likely to be two weeks after the online course (tbc).

Main Workshop – 7-11 November, Lisbon

Day 1 / 12:30 – 19:00  GMT 

Participants will arrive and sign in. Over a buffet lunch they will have the chance to meet each other and the lecturers. In the afternoon the workshop plan, the detailed schedule and all practicalities will be outlined. We’ll also meet and hear from the Gulbenkian team that we will be working with and receive a guided tour of the Gulbenkian concert hall and control room. 


Day 2 / 9:30 – 17:30  GMT 

The first group of participants direct their allocated work or movement during the orchestral rehearsals that day, taking turns during the morning and afternoon sessions. During this time students who are not directing observe and make notes from the lecture room, which will have video and sound links to the control room.


Day 3 / 9:30 – 22:00  GMT 

In the morning the second group of participants will cover the dress rehearsal of the evening concert, taking turns again. The first group watches the rehearsal from the lecture room. In the afternoon, the first group makes any revisions to their script in light of their experience from the day before; any changes are incorporated into the script by the Script Supervisor. At the evening concert, the first group of students direct in turn as the second group observes and takes notes from the lecture room.


Day 4 / 9:00 – 21:00  GMT 

In the morning, the second group revises its scripts. Later in the afternoon, the previous night’s concert capture will be reviewed by the lecturers and participants. Participants will also get the exclusive chance to meet conductor Risto Joost and discover his views on being filmed as a performer and his perspective on streaming, digital and classical music. At the evening concert, the second group of participants will direct in turn as the first group observes and takes notes from the lecture room.  


Day 5 / 10:00 – 14:00 GMT 

In the morning, participants will analyse the previous evening’s concert coverage, followed by conclusions and closing discussions. After that, the participants depart. 

Concert Programme

Thursday, 9 November 2023, 20:00
Friday, 10 November 2023, 19:00

Artists: Gulbenkian Orchestra; Risto Joost - Conductor; Alexandra Dovgan - Piano



Jean Sibelius - En Saga, op. 9 (18 min.)


Fryderyk Chopin - Piano Concerto No. 2, in F minor, op. 21 (30 min.)

I. Maestoso

II. Larghetto

III. Allegro vivace


— Intermission (20 min.) —


Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 7, in A major, op. 92 (40 min.)

I. Poco sostenuto – Vivace

II. Allegretto

III. Presto – Assai meno presto

IV. Allegro con brio


Max Güntert
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