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Results - The final
Following an exciting and action packed week of baton waving at Leeds Town Hall, the ninth Leeds Conductors Competition drew to a close on Saturday evening, boosting the career of the winner, Geoffrey Paterson, to new heights.

Geoffrey Paterson

Geoffrey, aged 26 from Kent, fought off tough competition at the Gala Final Concert from the two other finalists - sixteen year old Alexander Prior, who conducted Sibelius Symphony No 3 and Simon Phillippo who conducted Beethoven Symphony No 5. Conducting Elgar's Enigma Variations, Geoffrey swept the board also winning the Kenneth Tyghe Memorial Prize which is voted for by the audience. He took the lion's share of 12,000 in prize-money and left with a string of professional engagements with the country's finest orchestras in his diary.

The Leeds Conductors Competition is organised by Leeds City Council in association with Opera North and is one of only a few of its kind in the UK, existing to support young British conductors at the start of their careers. The Competition puts young conductors through their paces with the Orchestra of Opera North at Leeds Town Hall.

The Jury was chaired by David Whelton, Chief Executive of the Philharmonia, Opera North's Music Director, Richard Farnes, Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Jac van Steen, and British violinist Tasmin Little.

Chairman of the Jury, David Whelton, said "Once again Leeds Conductors Competition has attracted an extensive range of talent from within the UK. My colleagues and I had a wonderful week in Leeds with these young musicians. I would particularly like to commend Alexander Prior, a young man of outstanding talent, and I look forward to seeing his career develop in years to come."

Results - Round Two
The results of Round Two of Leeds Conductors Competition have just been announced at Leeds Town Hall. The following three competitors have made it through to the finals of the Leeds Conductors Competition: Geoffrey Paterson, Simon Phillippo and Alexander Prior.

Following rehearsals this evening and tomorrow afternoon, the three finalists will conduct in the Gala Final Concert tomorrow evening. Simon Phillippo will conduct Beethoven Symphony No 5, Alexander Prior will conduct Sibelius Symphony No 3 and Geoffrey Paterson will conduct Elgar's Enigma Variations.

The winners of the event, which is held every three years, will share 12,000 of prizes whilst the first prize winner will gain a highly valued list of engagements with leading British orchestras which will help launch his career. In addition, tomorrow evening's live audience will have the opportunity to vote for the winner of the competition's Audience Prize.

Results - Round One
The results of Round One of Leeds Conductors Competition have just been announced at Leeds Town Hall. The following six competitors have made it through to the semi-finals of the Leeds Conductors Competition: Jessica Cottis, Thomas Carroll, Tom Hammond, Geoffrey Paterson, Alexander Prior and Simon Philippo. Three competitors were eliminated after the Chamber Round on Tuesday and six competitors were eliminated today as the first round closed.

The event, which is held every three years, is the foremost competition of its kind to find young British conducting stars of the future. It offers £12,000 of prizes and a highly valued list of engagements with leading British orchestras which will help launch a career for the winner.

After the Second Round, which will finish on Friday, three finalists will go forward to compete in the Gala Final Concert this coming Saturday in Leeds Town Hall. This concert will see entrants conduct works by Sibelius, Elgar and Beethoven in front of a live audience, who also have the opportunity to vote for the winner of the competition's Audience Prize.

The second round of the Competition commences this evening, Thursday 2 July and finishes tomorrow morning, Friday 3 July at 1.30pm. Entry to these sessions is free. Tickets for the Gala Final concert on Saturday 4 July are available from the Box Office priced £9.50 - £27.50 (concessions available) on 0113 224 3801.