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In order to stay at home as much as possible and to control the virus and save lives; our concerts have been cancelled through to the end of July, as well as the remainder of the Summer Bands in Leeds Parks 2020 series. This enables us to protect the safety and well-being of our audiences and staff as we manage the ongoing impact of COVID-19 in Leeds. 

 
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Leeds Conductors Competition

Entry details

Entry details

Leeds Conductors Competition welcomes entrants who are British citizens or permanent residents in the UK, and 35 years of age or under on Saturday 12 September 2020. The Competition is fully inclusive, and in recognition of the fact that the profession has traditionally suffered from a lack of diversity, is keen to attract the widest possible range of talented musicians from all backgrounds.

The entry form is available in alternative formats, including Easy Read, Braille, hard copy and audio. Any eligible candidate who feels that they may experience further barriers to applying is invited to contact katie.pearce@leeds.gov.uk.

Intending applicants must complete the application form no later than Tuesday 14 January 2021.

The entry fee for the competition is £75. This fee is due on acceptance into the competition, not on submission of the entry form.

All applicants will be notified by the end of May as to whether or not their application has been successful. Sixteen entrants will be chosen to take part in the competition.

It is a condition of entry that all semi-finalists will be present at the final concert on Saturday 19 June 2021.

2020. The jury will include: Timothy Walker (Chairman), Richard Farnes (conductor), Lyn Fletcher (violinist), and Colin Metters (Professor Emeritus of Conducting RAM).


Prizes and engagements

First Prize of £10,000
Two Finalist Prizes of £3,500
Three Semi-Finalist Prizes of £1,000
The Kenneth Tyghe Memorial Prize of £1,000. This is awarded through an audience ballot on the night of the final concert, to one of the three finalists.

As well as its cash prizes, the Leeds Conductors Competition is unique in offering the winner a platform from which to launch a professional career, through a series of immensely prestigious engagements with the country's leading orchestras.

Concert engagements with the following orchestras have been agreed in principle for the 2020 competition winner, subject to final negotiation:

Academy of Ancient Music
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
City of London Sinfonia 
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestra of Opera North
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Sinfonia Viva
Southbank Sinfonia 
Street Orchestra Live
St Petersburg – as part of the Young Conductors’ Debut series
The Hallé
Ulster Orchestra