The DFCC 2021 Competition

The 2021 competition will take place on Saturday 27 February – Monday 1 March 2021 at LSO St Luke's and Barbican Hall in London.

The competition is open to conductors who will be aged 30 or under on Monday 1 March 2021 who are citizens of the UK, countries having full membership of the European Union, Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein or Switzerland.

> Full competition rules

From the applications received, 20 conductors will be selected by a panel to enter Round 1; a Jury selects ten of these for Round 2. From these, three finalists will be chosen for the Final Round.

We are excited to welcome the Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra as the orchestra for Rounds 1 and 2, taking place at LSO St Luke's. The Final will take place in the Barbican Hall with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Update on 4 June 2020
Following requests from a number of applicants we have extended the deadline for applications to the 16th Donatella Flick-LSO Conducting Competition by six weeks to 6pm BST on Thursday 13 August. This extra time is offered to candidates who have found it impossible to prepare the video clips required for their application during the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns around the world. We understand that it will be difficult for some to provide footage with a large ensemble and will be happy to accept applications showing applicants performing with smaller groups of players. We hope that this extension allows as many young conductors as possible to apply to take part in the Competition.

Audience Vote

The Audience Poll will take place throughout the evening of the Final. 

Watch the Competition on demand

The Final will be streamed live. Full details will be announced nearer the time. 


Participants are asked to prepare all repertoire. For Rounds 1 and 2 they will be told their repertoire immediately before taking the stage. The three finalists’ repertoire and running order will be drawn by lot at the end of Round 2.

Round 1
Saturday 27 February 2021
HAYDN Symphony No 86
BEETHOVEN Symphony No 8
WAGNER Siegfried Idyll

Round 2
Sunday 28 February 2021
Two concerti, to be announced

Final Round
Monday 1 March
BERLIOZ Le Carnaval Romain
BRAHMS Variations on the St Anthony Chorale
RAVEL Daphnis and Chloe Suite – No 2


Rounds 1 and 2
Lennox Mackenzie OBE Chairman of the Jury
Ivor Bolton
Sian Edwards
Rachel Gough
Kirill Karabits
James MacMillan
Vassily Sinaisky


The winner was awarded £15,000 by Donatella Flick and will have the opportunity to become Assistant Conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra for up to one year.

During this time with the LSO the successful conductor will work with the LSO’s Principal and guest conductors on the preparation of concerts, often on the assessment of new scores, take part in the LSO’s education and outreach programme, LSO Discovery, accompany the orchestra on tour and, should the opportunity arise, conduct the LSO in concert.


6pm BST on Thursday 13 August

How to enter 

Entry this year is through online submission only. 

Apply now