Judges

Clark Rundell 

Director of Contemporary Music and Head of Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Rundell is also Artistic Director of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s award winning new music group, Ensemble 10/10. Under Rundell’s leadership, Ensemble 10/10 recently won 2 RPS awards for ‘most outstanding ensemble’ and ‘most outstanding concert series’. Rundell guest conducts widely, and has developed relationships with many leading orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra.

 Deeply committed to the performance of new music, Rundell has given world premières of works by composers including Sir Richard Rodney Bennett.

A specialist in cross-genre collaboration, Rundell has conducted extensive orchestral projects with artists such as Elvis Costello, Tim Garland, Amal Murkus and the Wayne Shorter Quartet. A highly versatile musician, Rundell held the title of Director of Jazz Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music.

During the 2011/12 season, Rundell’s diary includes engagements with the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Northern Sinfonia and the City of London Sinfonia as part of a new contemporary music initiative of which he is Artistic Advisor.

Clark Rundell will recruit other judges depending on the genre of music and song entered.

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