Competition Rules

Competition rules

1. All participants must be aged 30 or under on 1 March 2021

2. All participants must be citizens of the UK, countries having full membership of the European Union, Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein or Switzerland.

3. After the application deadline (13 August 2020 6pm BST) the selection panel will shortlist 20 candidates, who will be informed of the results in October 2020. The selected participants will be invited to take part in the competition in London. 

4. Rounds 1 and 2 will take place at LSO St Luke's with the Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra; the final round will take place at the Barbican with the London Symphony Orchestra.

5. Twenty conductors will be selected to enter Round 1, with ten of those selected at the end of the day for Round 2. The three finalists chosen for the Final Round will be announced at the end of Round 2.

6. Participants should prepare all repertoire. For Rounds 1 and 2 they will be told their repertoire immediately before taking the stage. The three finalists’ repertoire and running order is drawn by lot at the end of Round 2.

Application requirements

1. You must scan and upload an image of your passport's information page for verification purposes.

2. Please prepare a video of yourself conducting. The video must be no shorter than 15 minutes and should contain at least three contrasting pieces which include the beginning and end of works. Candidates should be visible from an orchestral musician's point of view. NB if your video does not meet these requirements the panel will be unable to view your submission.

3. The video should be uploaded to YouTube. Please ensure that your video is set as Public or Unlisted - we will not be able to watch it if it is set to Private. 

4. You will need to submit a short biography (max. 5000 characters), which should include your recent place(s) of study and/or the name of your teacher(s) as well as a concise list of recent and forthcoming engagements.​

5. Entry costs £60, payable using either a Paypal account or credit card. You will be taken to the payment page once you have submitted your application form. Please note that we will not be able to process your application until payment has been received.

6. Please be aware that the Final of the Competition will be streamed live. By entering the Competition you are giving your consent for your performance, should you reach the Final stage, to be filmed and broadcast online. All rights will be owned by the Competition in perpetuity.

Repertoire: 2021

Round 1
Saturday 27 February 2021
HAYDN Symphony No 86
BEETHOVEN Symphony No 8
WAGNER Siegfried Idyll

Round 2
Sunday 28 February 2021
MOZART Piano Concerto No 24 in C Minor K491
SCHUMANN Cello Concerto in A Minor Op 129

Final Round
Monday 1 March
BERLIOZ Le Carnaval Romain
BRAHMS Variations on the St Anthony Chorale
RAVEL Daphnis and Chloe Suite – No 2