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Just in: Britain’s fastest rising young conductor lands his first orchestra job

Jamie Phillips, the UK whizzkid who almost stole Salzburg’s young conductor trophy, has just been nabbed by the faster-than-light Halle Orchestra. He’s just 20. Watch Jamie go.

Release below.

Media release

For immediate publication


Monday 25 June 2012


Jamie Phillips announced as new Hallé Assistant Conductor


The Hallé is delighted to announce that Jamie Phillips is to take up the role as the Hallé’s Assistant Conductor.


Born in Cheshire in 1991, Jamie attracted considerable attention as the youngest competitor in the 2011 Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors in France, when he reached the semi-finals.  More recently as the youngest of the three finalists in the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2012 in Salzburg, he was invited to conduct the Camerata Salzburg at the 2013 Salzburg Festival.


Jamie Phillips takes up the position in September at the start of the Hallé’s new season. He follows Andrew Gourlay whose hugely successful tenure in the position ends with a Hallé Youth Orchestra’s tour to Prague later that month. Andrew Gourlay will continue his association with the Hallé with concerts next season. Co-incidentally both Andrew and Jamie are graduates of the prestigious Joint Course offered by the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music.


The Assistant Conductor works with the Hallé’s Music Director, Sir Mark Elder, to help prepare concerts, conducts the Hallé in Manchester and around the country, and acts as Music Director and conductor of the Hallé Youth Orchestra.


Speaking about Jamie Phillips’s appointment, John Summers, Hallé Chief Executive said: “We are delighted about Jamie’s appointment as Assistant Conductor. He was the unanimous choice of the selection panel from an extremely talented field. Jamie follows a number of outstanding conductors who have held this role, from Edward Gardner in 2002 through to Andrew Gourlay.” 


Sir Mark Elder said: “We are all very thrilled to welcome Jamie into the Hallé family, and look forward to working with him closely over the coming years”

The position of Assistant Conductor of the Hallé is very generously support by the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund.




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  1. Good luck to Jamie and the Halle!

  2. What a wonderful clip! I shall enjoy watching & hearing this fine young man mature & develop musically – and full marks to the Halle for fostering young talent.

  3. Terrific! Thank you for letting us know about Mr. Phillips.

  4. richard carlisle says:

    IMPRESSIVE and even younger than Dudamel… thank you for the clip.

  5. Well deserved

    If anyone is around Birmingham in late August you can see him conduct his own orchestra.

    I’ve been to both his earlier concerts and they were superb

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