Orchestral Conducting.

Syllabus ID: 19.01

Competition: In association with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Age Limit 18-35 years. Competitors must complete the additional online entry form when entering for this competition. Shortlisting on the basis of information submitted may apply in the event of large numbers of entries.

1st Prize: Trophy, presented by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and a studio performance with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, recorded by RTÉ lyric fm. Also, the Crimmins Conducting Bursary of €500, presented by Séamus Crimmins.

Test Pieces 2024

Round 1 (a):  Competitors to choose one of the following works, the orchestral reduction of which will be performed on two pianos. 

Competitors will be required to conduct their chosen work straight through, with no discussion with the pianists, other than an indication of tempo etc. at the start:

Mozart: The Magic Flute Overture

Beethoven: Egmont Overture (Luck's)

Schubert: Rosamunde Overture

Rossini: The Thieving Magpie Overture

Round 1 (b):  A minimum of three and maximum of six* competitors from Round 1(a) will be chosen to rehearse one of the following works with the pianists.  A maximum of 30 minutes will be allocated for this rehearsal which will take place on the same day.

*at the discretion of the adjudication panel

Proposed Round 1 (b) choices:

Haydn: Symphony No. 104 (London) 1st movt

Mozart: Symphony No. 36 'Linz', KV425, 1st movt

Beethoven: Symphony No. 1, 1st movt (Luck's) 

Brahms: Academic Festival Overture


Round 2 (Final): A maximum of three finalists will be selected from Round 1 (b) to conduct the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Finalists must conduct the compulsory test piece below and also one of the other works in list (b).

Test: Round 2 (a) Compulsory Test Piece:  Schumann piano concerto in A minor, Op. 4, 3rd movt.

(Breitkopf Urtext - Breitkopf/Henle 2010 ed. Peter Jost).


Test: Round 2 (b) (Final) choices:

Haydn - Symphony No. 103 (Drum Roll)  1st  movt

Mozart – Symphony No. 41 (Jupiter)   1st or 2nd  movt

Beethoven – Symphony No. 2   1st movt

Beethoven   - Symphony No. 4  1st or 2nd movt

Schubert  - Symphony No. 5  1st or 2nd movt

Mendelssohn – Symphony No. 4 (Italian)   1st  movt

Ravel - Mother Goose Suite,  any two movements

Format of Round 2 (Final):

Each conductor will be allocated 20 minutes' discussion time with the soloist in advance of the orchestra session.  They will then have up to 50 minutes of rehearsal time with the soloist and the orchestra to rehearse both the concerto movement and their chosen orchestral work.

Performance of both pieces will take place in concert after the three rehearsals.

Entrance Fees: €70.00

Date: 13 March 2024

Time: 11.00am & 2.00pm. FINAL Thurs 14th RTE Studio 1

Venue: RDS Concert Hall via Anglesea Rd

Adjudicator: Joe Csibi & Gavin Maloney

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