Tickets are available for the final of the 2016 Donatella Flick Conducting Competition, to be staged on Thursday 17 November 2016 at the Barbican Concert Hall.
From an initial 200 applications received for the 14th biennial competition, 20 conductors will compete in the first round, with 10 selected for Round 2. The conductors will direct the Guildhall School Symphony Orchestra for the first two rounds.
The winner will receive a £15,000 prize from Donatella Flick and becomes the LSO’s Assistant Conductor for up to two years with a chance to conduct the LSO in concert.
Judging the hopefuls are conductors Sir Antonio Pappano, Carlo Rizzi (who served on the jury for the very first competition), Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Yuri Temirkanov, the soprano Dame Felicity Lott, plus LSO principal bassoon Rachel Gough and sub-Leader, Lennox Mackenzie.
Each finalist will conduct the Overture to Verdi’s The Force of Destiny, Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances.
For round one, the competing artists will conduct Schubert’s Symphony No.5, Haydn’s Symphony No.99 and Stravinsky’s Concerto in Eb – “Dumbarton Oaks”, while round two features Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.2 and Schumann’s Cello Concerto, Elizabeth Ogonek’s As though Birds and Duncan Ward’s P-Paranoia.