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Leeds Conductors Competition


Meet the Jury for this year's Competition. 

Timothy Walker

Timothy Walker – Chair of the Jury
Chief Executive and Artistic Director, London Philharmonic Orchestra

Timothy Walker was appointed Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in November 2002.

He was formerly the founder and Chief Executive of World Orchestras, a company established to present an International Orchestras Season at the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Concert Hall, and prior to that General Manager of the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) between 1989 and 1999.

Mr Walker was on the Board of the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) for six years and served as Secretary, Treasurer, member of the Executive Committee, Chair of the Development Committee and Chair of the Organising Committee of the 15th International Congress of ISPA held at the Sydney Opera House in 2001.

He was an inaugural member of the Australian International Cultural Council, and has served as a director of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, a member of the External Advisory Board of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Deputy Chair of the Music Council of Australia and a director of the Orchestral Network of Australia.

He was on the judging panel of the inaugural Australian Business Arts Foundation Awards, has been a judge of the Freedman Classical Musician Fellowships in Australia and a member of the jury of the London International Piano Competition, the Victor de Sabata Conducting in Trieste, the Princess Astrid Music Prize in Trondheim and the Sydney International Piano Competition.

Richard Farnes

Richard Farnes - conductor

Richard Farnes is one of the most sought after conductors of his generation, and is the winner of the 2017 Royal Philharmonic Society Conductor of the Year award. He was Music Director of Opera North from 2004-2016, for whom he has conducted many highly praised productions including La fanciulla del West, Death in Venice, Otello, La Traviata, Gloriana, The Turn of Screw, La bohème, Manon, La Rondine, Werther, Eugene Onegin, The Queen of Spades, Katya Kabanova, and From the House of the Dead. He has also made recordings with Opera North of both Duke Bluebeard’s Castle and Don Carlos for Chandos Records.

In 2011, Richard Farnes and Opera North started an ambitious project to perform Wagner’s Ring in concert, which was enthusiastically received by both public and the press alike. Complete Ring cycles took place throughout 2016 in Leeds, Salford, Nottingham, Gateshead and London. This project won the 2017 Royal Philharmonic Society Opera and Music Theatre award.

The 19/20 season sees Richard conduct La Traviata for the Royal Danish Opera, and make a return to the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Lyn Fletcher

Lyn Fletcher - violinist

Born in Doncaster, Lyn studied violin with Peter Bear and Eta Cohen before winning a scholarship to study with Manoug Parikian at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Graduating in 1979, Lyn had already been invited by Iona Brown to join Britain’s foremost chamber orchestra, the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields. Over the next six years Lyn toured worldwide with the Academy, appearing as soloist with Iona Brown and Kenneth Sillito.

After a period in the 1980s as Associate Leader of the Philharmonia, Lyn was invited in 1990 by Simon Rattle to join the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra as Associate Leader. During her time there she also worked extensively with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

In 1987 Lyn was appointed Leader of the Hallé, with whom she performed many solo works for violin and orchestra. Since May 2019 Lyn continues to coach the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, guest coach at the RNCM and further develop her work with young musicians.

Lyn has been honoured with Fellowships from the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music.

Colin Metters

Colin Metters – Professor Emeritus of Conducting RAM

Colin Metters was Head of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music from 1983 to 2013, and is now Professor Emeritus. He continues to teach at the Academy as a highly respected professor of conducting.

His wide experience affords him an enviable reputation as professional conductor, orchestral trainer and conducting instructor. He has worked with leading symphony orchestras in the UK, and guest-conducted extensively abroad.
Colin has an international reputation as a leading pedagogue, and has given masterclasses in Germany, Poland, Finland, Australia, Venezuela, Vietnam, China and the USA.

In 1997 he was appointed Music Advisor and Principal Guest Conductor to the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, directing a five-year programme of development. In 1999, in recognition of his work, he was awarded the Vietnamese equivalent of the Order of Merit, the first to be made to a British citizen.