FREE Lunchtime Concert: Chamber Orchestra Symphonia Alumnorum Latinae
Pachelbel – Canon in D
Handel – Sarabande from Suite No 11
Bach –Brandenburg Concerto in D
Handel – Concerto Grosso in G
Symphonia Alumnorum Latinae
Irmela Schmuhl Flute
Dorothea Sauer Violin
Martin Stephan Harpsichord
Beatrix Lampadius Oboe
Albert Kutz Violin
Henry Ventur Conductor
The Sympnonia Alumnorum Latinae is the alumni orchestra of the Instrumental Training Department at the school “Latina August Hermann Francke” in Halle (Saale), which emerged from the “Special School for Music” of the “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy University of Music” in Leipzig.
The “Special School of Music” opened in 1965 as a school for musically gifted children. It prepared
the students for higher education at a music university. After the German Reunification, the “Special School of Music” became the “Instrumental Training Department” of the European School “Latina August Hermann Francke”, a state grammar school. After passing an entrance examination,
musically gifted children receive private training in their instrument from highly trained musicians
from Year 5 until they complete their A-levels. They are concurrently members of the Youth
Symphony Orchestra at the Latina. For more than 50 years, highly trained young musicians have
graduated from the school, going on to study their instrument at a university of music and to play in major orchestras around the world. Graduates can be found, for example, in the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto and many other well-known leading orchestras. Others have gone on to have successful solo careers. At the same time, the school’s former students can be found among the professors at every German university of music. Five years ago the school’s orchestra conductor
Henry Ventur founded the Alumni Orchestra which meets twice a year for practice weekends, at the end of which a public concert is held. Members of the Alumni Orchestra include professional musicians as well as alumni who decided against pursuing a degree in music and have gone on to become, for example, music teachers, doctors and engineers.
Henry Ventur was born in Leipzig in 1965. He received his first conducting lessons as a pupil at the Rudolf-Hildebrandt Special School of Music in Leipzig. In 1985 he began studying music education at the University of Music Franz Liszt in Weimar. During his intensive education in voice training and choral conducting, he was able to obtain a range of opportunities and experience in the area of choir conducting. For many years he worked as a choir conductor’s assistant in the choir of the department for school music, in the university choir of the University of Music in Weimar, and he managed and supported the work of various amateur and high school choirs. From 1990 to 1992 he also worked in the chamber choir of the University of Music under the direction of Professor Gert Frischmuth. In 1989 he joined the Belvedere Weimar Music School as a teacher for music history where he also conducted the school’s choir. That same year he was given a scholarship which enabled him to go back to university to study choir and orchestra conducting under the guidance of Professor Günter Fredrich and Professor Lothar Seyfarth. He passed his state examination in 1992. At this time he worked intensively as an orchestra conductor, regularly working with the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra and the Thuringian State Symphony Orchestra Gotha.
Since 1992 he has taught music history and aural training and is the conductor of the choir and youth symphony orchestra in the music department at the Latina Halle grammar school. He took over the coordination of this department in 2002. He has also been an instructor for choir and orchestra conducting at Martin Luther University Halle since 2005. In 2012 he founded the alumni orchestra which he directs passionately and wholeheartedly. In addition to this varied work he is also a juror for choir competitions, a guest conductor for various ensembles, and an instructor for choir conducting. Concert trips have taken him to Belgium, France, Russia, Poland and Bulgaria.