Marshall Marcus quit as head of music to find his inner Venezuelan. Today they announced his successors.
No due process, no proper search. It’s a double inside job, buggins turn for a pair of loyal staffers.
UPDATE: Some fastidious souls have criticised my headline. My defence: when an inside appointment is made without external candidates being considered, whether in the city or a football stadium, that is popularly referred to as ‘jobs for the boys’. When the same fix is performed for women, equal opportunity terminology applies.
Here’s the press release:
SOUTHBANK CENTRE ANNOUNCES SENIOR MUSIC PROGRAMMING APPOINTMENTS
Gillian Moore has been appointed Head of Classical Music and Jane Beese has been appointed Head of Contemporary Music at Southbank Centre from immediate effect. The change of roles for both Gillian and Jane follows the announcement last month that Marshall Marcus has relinquished his role as Head of Music to develop a programme of work, which will significantly deepen the relationship between Southbank Centre and El Sistema.
Southbank Centre has reviewed the structure of the music programming team and created two senior appointments. Gillian Moore will be responsible for the development and programming of classical music and Jane will have responsibility for the development and programming of a wide range of contemporary music from rock and electronica to world and folk traditions. Gillian and Jane will work closely together on the whole range of music on offer at Southbank Centre. Gillian’s and Jane’s respective previous roles as Head of Contemporary Culture and Senior Programmer of Contemporary Music will cease to exist.
Jude Kelly, Artistic Director at Southbank Centre, said: “I am pleased to announce Gillian and Jane will take up these two appointments, who will work jointly with me developing all aspects of music at Southbank Centre. As a leading and respected international figure in the classical music field and an expert in contemporary classical music and music education, Gillian Moore is uniquely qualified for this role. Gillian was the Artistic Director of London Sinfonietta from 1998–2006 and has played a significant part in the classical music programme we have been proud to build up. She has been responsible for notable festivals such as Varèse, Boulez, Lachenmann and Stockhausen.