Breaking: BBC chief crashes out of Proms

Breaking: BBC chief crashes out of Proms


norman lebrecht

August 10, 2011

The Proms office has just announced that Jiri Belohlavek, chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, has contracted a virus and been ordered to rest for a month. He will miss the concerts on August 14 and 22. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Belohlavek will leave the BBC after the London Olympics next year to resume as chief conductor of the ever-troubled Czech Philharmonic.

Mark Wigglesworth (below) steps in for the first concert, Thomas Dausgaard for the second.


  • Suzanne says:

    Wishing Maestro Belohlavek a speedy recovery. He was one of the most dynamic and engaging conductors I’ve seen this past season in Cleveland….

    • Andrew says:

      Speedy recovery is not always the best recovery. Wish him to be back as soon, as his doctors will allow. He is great conductor indeed, and I was very impressed by his decision to take over the Czech Philharmonic ( for the second time!!!)

      • Suzanne says:

        @ Andrew- You misunderstood my wishes for the Maestro.I used an American phrase, equivalent to, ” Get Well Soon”. No one wants to spend months feeling ill, do they? Of course I did not intend for him to rush back and conduct while sick or against doctors’ orders.