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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Hallé appoints Jonathon Heyward as assistant conductor

10:12, 5th April 2016

Jonathon Heyward will take over from Jamie Phillips as assistant conductor of the Hallé from the 2016/17 season.

The two year appointment will involve assisting Sir Mark Elder and other visiting artists, acting as music director of the Hallé Youth Orchestra and conducting concerts with the Hallé.

The 23-year-old recently won the Grand Prix at the 54th International Competition for Young Conductors in Besançon, and in 2013 he became the youngest ever semi-finalist at the Blue Danube International Opera Conducting Competition. He studies with Sian Edwards at the Royal Academy of Music and is also associate conductor of Hampstead Garden Opera.

Born in America, Heyward began to study conducting under Andrew Altenbach at the Boston Conservatory. He was assistant conductor for the institution’s opera department between 2012 and 2014, during which time he worked on productions including La Bohème, Zauberflöte and The Rape of Lucretia.

Sir Mark Elder described Heyward as ‘a bright rising star of the conducting world’, adding: ‘I am looking forward to watching his development in the variety of roles that offer a young conductor the most wonderful platform to develop the skills and understanding needed to build an international career.’

Heyward will make his debut to Manchester audiences on 10 November.

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