Association Of British Choral Directors

London International Choral Conducting Competition

Saturday 20th October 2018

Royal Academy of Music, London

20 and 21 October


The London International Choral Conducting Competition 2018 invites you to celebrate the bright future of choral music in the UK and around the world by turning the spotlight on the next generation of talented choral conductors as they compete in front of a distinguished international jury.

Curated by Chantage and Coro, two of London's premier chamber choirs, the biennial festival will turn the spotlight on the next generation of choral conductors and provide a new platform for collaboration in the choral community. This ground-breaking initiative will lend a significant boost to exceptional choral conductors in the early stages of their career, aged from 18 to 32 years old. Celebrating the bright future of choral music and giving much-needed opportunities to talented and motivated conductors starting out in the profession, the competition will enrich the United Kingdom's reputation as a centre for choral music. Alongside the competitive element, the festival will feature conducting masterclasses and a Gala Concert.

Gala concert, 20 October, 6pm

On Saturday evening two of London's best-known chamber choirs, Coro and Chantage, collaborate for the first time in nearly fifteen years. For this year's inaugural LICCC Gala Concert, Coro and Chantage are thrilled to welcome world famous Finnish composer and conductor Jaakko Mäntyjärvi and his chamber choir Freia. Together they will present "Mäntyjärvi conducts Mäntyjärvi" - an opportunity not to be missed!

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Competition Grand Final, 21 October, 6pm

Sunday focuses on the UK's first Choral Conducting Competition. Come and see the very finest choral conductors of the next generation, from Britain and abroad, compete at the Grand Final for a First Prize of £5,000 as well as other awards. The international jury will comprise teachers and practitioners of the highest calibre from Slovenia, the United States, Norway and the United Kingdom. During the judging interval Coro, Chantage and Freia will provide a massed choir entertainment.

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Why not buy a weekend pass and attend all the events at reduced cost? Click here.

Young Conductor day, 21 October

We're delighted to be collaborating with LICCC to run a day for Young Conductors aged between 18 and 25 as part of the weekend. Join Sarah Tenant-Flowers for a stimulating day of active participation, observation and ideas. Click here for more details and to book online.

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