The City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra (CCSO) performs six concerts a year in Cambridge’s leading concert hall, the West Road University Concert Hall, under the baton of its Musical Director, Robert Hodge. The orchestra has always worked with young soloists at the start of their careers and has recently made a commitment to include partnerships with young composers and conductors as well.
The first CCSO Young Conductors’ Competition took place in 2015/16. The winner of the first CCSO Young Conductors’ Competition was Sean Dunn, who was guided through the rehearsal process by Robert Hodge before conducting the Academic Festival Overture by Brahms in the autumn of 2016.
In 2017 we held our second competition. The winner, Tess Jackson, conducted a performance of Weber’s Euryanthe Overture in the orchestra’s 5th concert of the season in May 2018.