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You’re hired! New Melgaard OAE Young Conductor announced

Mon 19 Dec 2011

Following a stringent audition process, Belgian David Reiland, 31, has been appointed the Melgaard OAE Young Conductor for the 2012-2013 season. He fought off competition from over 60 applicants from across the world to make it to our auditions (Which Projects Director Ceri blogged about) where he and four other finalists rehearsed and conducted the OAE in front of a panel of judges drawn from OAE musicians.

David will ‘live’ with the OAE for a year working with our Principal Artists and guest conductors. He’s the fourth conductor on the scheme – last years conductor, Kevin Griffiths was recently appointed Artistic Director the Collegium Musicum Basel and the previous years conductor, Eduardo Portal, recently made his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall.

Read the full Press Release here.

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The Apprentice (conductor). The search is on.

Tue 14 Jun 2011

2010-2011 Melgaard young conductor Kevin Griffiths


There are just a matter of weeks left to apply to our OAE Melgaard Young Conductor Scheme.  The scheme has been running now for 4 years, and gives budding young conductors the opportunity to nestle up close with the OAE, observing rehearsals alongside great OAE conductors, getting to know and share knowledge with players, and also gaining an insight into the behind the scenes operations in the office (the most exciting part in my humble opinion…)  Through an application and audition process one conductor will be chosen at the audition day this October (not quite like X-factor but almost as exciting).  The conductor will work with the OAE from the autumn for a period of 9-12 months.

For me this part of the scheme’s schedule is both the most exciting and the most overwhelming.  Exciting because you never quite know where from and how many applications are going to come flooding in –  will the next young Vladimir Jurowski or Sir Simon Rattle be amongst the pile of applications?  We usually get in the range of 100 applications so you can imagine the admin that goes with that….That’s 100 DVD packages arriving on my desk, 100 application forms, 100 CV’s, and 100 support letters.  Anyway – that’s the fun of the job J and as we sometimes say in the office ‘today I’m putting the admin into arts admin’.

Watch this space for future developments… (and find out more details of how to apply here)

Ceri Jones, Projects Director

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