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21-year-old Jamie Phillips has been appointed as the Hallé orchestra’s new assistant conductor. Succeeding Andrew Gourley, he will take up his new position in September and will work closely with the Hallé’s music director, Sir Mark Elder.
Phillips rose to prominence as the youngest competitor in the Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors in 2011 and as a finalist at the Salzburg Young Conductors Award the following year.
Meanwhile, Andrew Gourley will take the Youth Orchestra to Prague in July. He will also conduct some of the Hallé orchestra’s concerts next season.
John Summers, chief executive of the Hallé, 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 added: "We are all very thrilled to welcome Jamie into the Hallé family, and look forward to working with him closely over the coming years."