Welcome to day two of the 2012 Donatella Flick Conducting Competition. The 10 successful competitors are all here and have just learned their time slots – some at least can slope off back to their hotels for a bit of a kip.
Today we get to see them conduct with soloists playing the Elgar violin concerto and singing Mozart orchestral recitatives. Alongside that, two new pieces by young composers, Helen Grime and Andrew McCormack. Some interesting contrasts there – McCormack has a background in jazz, for instance, while Elgar doesn’t quite. But the concerto is characterised by frequent shifting tempos, meaning the conductors will need to be nimble to make sure the orchestra keeps in time with the soloist. And they will need to keep a lid on the orchestra’s volume too. But who knows what to expect in the new pieces – that is the point, after all.