Meet our DFCC 2018 candidates: Thomas Goff

Thomas Goff (25) is from the UK. He is an alumnus of the Royal Northern College of Music and is currently pursuing a Masters in Orchestral Conducting at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, Netherlands.

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A tale of two friends, a buried treasure and joy unsung

On a quest for cake, good friends Presto and Zesto suddenly find themselves lost in Limboland. Read the moving and unusual story about how this quirky tale from much-loved children’s authors Maurice Sendak and Arthur Yorinks came into existence.

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Meet our DFCC 2018 candidates: Chloé Dufresne

Chloé Dufresne (26) is from France and currently studies conducting at Helsinki's Sibelius Academy. Last August, Chloé was Assistant to Sakari Oramo with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and in November 2018 she will take part in the conducting showcase in collaboration with the Philharmonie de Paris.

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Meet our DFCC 2018 candidates: Valentin Egel

Valentin Egel (23) is from Germany, where has been studying conducting at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Weimar since 2014. He recently won First Prize in the Conducting Competitions of the Central German Music Academy and the MDR Sinfonieorchester.

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Meet our DFCC 2018 candidates: Alexander Colding Smith

Alexander Colding Smith (29) is from Denmark and studied conducting in Cincinnati and Sydney. He took part in last year's Solti Conducting Competition in Budapest and in the inaugural Gstaad Conducting Academy in 2014. As a Fellow of the Australian Conducting Academy, he has worked with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

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