We had an exciting day of auditions, the candidates all provided food for thought to the audition panel and made the task of reducing the list down to a shortlist of three very difficult.
We were fortunate to secure the services of two wonderful pianists who provided 4 handed piano versions of the first movement of Beethoven, Symphony 1 and the Dvorak, Slavonic Dance Op. 46 no.2. Jill Morton and Mariko Brown were exceptional in providing candidates with a realistic conducting challenge whilst meeting even the fastest tempi demanded of them.
Eventually, the panel of Robert Hodge – Musical Director, Julia Frape – Leader and David Watkinson – Chairman decided on three candidates to go through to the next round where they will meet the whole orchestra on the evening of 1st December 2015. Details of the winner will be available in the New Year.