We had a full day yesterday, starting at 9 with the jury get together, and then examining twelve of the candidates for the first time. The other twelve we have today.
The Danish National Symphony were magnificent - this was a really hard day's work for them with a dozen assorted conductors from around the world - actually yesterday they were from nine different countries. The carefully chosen pieces for the young people to rehearse and conduct, for 20 minutes each, included some opera - Mimi's Act 1 aria. We also had some of Tchaikovsky 6, part of the Tristan Prelude, and a decent chunk of Stravinsky's Symphony in Three movements..........all hard and challenging. It certainly sorted them out!
After we have had the other twelve today we cut 50%. We should reach our decision by 5:30. After that I may make some further comments! Meanwhile you may be able to get a live stream of our proceedings at the excellent and informative Malko website. You can certainly read up to date news and comments from others!