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 closed with entries in from all over the world - see the map below. Judging starts soon and the semi-finals will take place in Stockport on 16 February and the final on 30 March
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.
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