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ANDREA QUINN is to be the new music director of the London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. She follows Leon Gee, now 24 and originally appointed under an Arts Council Young Conductors scheme. A 29-year-old graduate of the Royal Academy's post-graduate conducting course, she is a former winner of the Conductors for Dance competition and the mother of a one-year-old daughter. The LPYO was set up in autumn 1992, with sponsorship from Audi, for players between college and professional career. Last summer it undertook its first national tour, and its next South Bank concert is tomorrow night at the QEH (Copland, Ravel and Sibelius).

Another of the Arts Council Young Conductors, Mark Forkgen, has had his links with the Bournemouth orchestras extended with a further year's contract as assistant conductor.

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