The English Symphony Orchestra has appointed Michael Young in the newly created role of assistant conductor.

The British conductor, who assisted ESO artistic director and principal conductor Kenneth Woods on the ensemble’s recent performances of John Joubert’s Jane Eyre, will take up the new position in January 2017.

Young is co-founder and artistic director of the Beethoven Orchestra for Humanity, and has been music director of Charities Philharmonia, London Youth Opera and Little Operations.

In the UK, he has worked with the English National Opera, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Grange Park Opera, Fabulous Beast Company, Sinfonia Viva and the Orchestra of Opera North, and has assisted Vladimir Jurowski, Bernard Haitink and Ed Gardner.

‘There are few areas of our industry that are more difficult to break into than the world of professional conducting,’ Wood said. ‘We hope that our new assistant conductor position will offer Michael and his successors not just a chance to learn and observe, but also a platform to show the industry what they are capable of at an elite level. This position is designed for conductors who are ready to take that next big step forward in the industry.

‘We are looking forward to working with Michael and have every confidence that he will go on to make his association with the orchestra something we’ll take pride in for years to come.’