THE Leeds Conductors Competition will return this September after an 11-year break, offering transformative opportunities for young British, will be held at Leeds Town Hall in partnership between Leeds International Concert Season and Opera North.

The contest culminates in a gala concert with the Orchestra of Opera North, prize money totalling £20,000, and a series of professional engagements with the country’s leading orchestras.

Judging the Competition will be Tim Walker, chief executive and artistic director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra; former Opera North musical director Richard Farnes; Lyn Fletcher who was leader of the Hallé from 1997 to 2019, and Colin Metters, Professor Emeritus of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Previous winners include Garry Walker, music director designate of Opera North, who won the 1999 competition.

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