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Philip Ellis is the competition conductor and chair of the judges’ panel. Winner of the 1992 Leeds Conductors' Competition, Philip has been conductor of the Birmingham Royal Ballet since 1990 as well as working at the highest level on the concert platform with such orchestras as the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Hallé, and the St Petersburg Philharmonic

The 2019 competition is now heading towards the semi-finals. The map below records where our entries came from this year and we can now reveal the 12 exceptional young musicians selected for the semi-final in Stockport on 16 February where they will compete for a place in the final on 30 March



meet the finalists


40 years ago the orchestra accepted the offer by Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council of a permanent home in the Edwardian splendour of the Town Hall and we are now proud to celebrate more than 40 seasons as the Borough's official orchestra.  The orchestra performs eight concerts each season at the Town Hall and also appears elsewhere during the year.


Stockport Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1975 as The New Orchestra of Manchester.

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A spectacular finale with three famous concertos is on 30 March 2019.   Tickets are available now!

The winner of SIYMC 2019 will collect a prize of £1000 and the opportunity to perform again with Stockport Symphony Orchestra in the following season



Please consider supporting the competition to enable us to make it a regular feature of the classical music calendar and an event of significance for the town



We won’t be able to name our line-up of judges for the live rounds until the competition is in its final stages but we have already started to assemble some distinguished musicians who have kindly agreed to be part of the panel


Check back to see who is added in the coming weeks

Note: these are not the contact details for entrance applications. For those please go to the applications page

Here’s where the entries to our 2019 competition come from

+44 (0) 161 853556

Please note that the competition is now closed to entries this year

USA 2 entries USA  2 entries Brazil 2 entries UK 20 entries Italy - 5 entries Latvia - 3 entries Germany - 2 entries Japan - 2 entries Malaysia - 2 entries Portugal - 2 entries Spain - 2 entries Switzerland - 2 entries Australia - 2 entries Belarus - 1 entry Belgium - 1 entry China - 1 entry Denmark - 1 entry France 1 entry Lithuania  1 entry Romania -  1 entry Sweden -  1 entry Turkey -  1 entry Taiwan -  1 entry Korea 3 entries Hong Kong - 2 entries