The phenomenally dedicated Sally Groves, who has devoted her working life to the works of such important composers as Hans Werner Henze, Michael Tippett, Mark Anthony Turnage and Steve Martland, has decided to step down as creative director of Schott publishing firm after 40 years.
Press release below. She will be irreplaceable.
Schott Music is delighted to announce that Sam Rigby will follow Sally Groves as Creative Director, London.
Sally has decided to retire next year after 40 years working with her colleagues in Mainz, New York and Tokyo to build up and support the prestigious international roster of composers published in the Music of Our Time catalogue.
Sam comes with ten years’ experience with Intermusica, where his deep interest in contemporary music has informed his work with artists and projects all over the world. Sam will join Schott Music on 2 January 2014 as Creative Director Designate, working with Sally and her colleagues on a thorough six months’ handover. On 1 July he will assume the full title and join the London Board, with Dr Hanser-Strecker, Judith Webb (Managing Director) and Nigel Wildish.
Dr Peter Hanser-Strecker, Chair of the Schott Music Group, comments: “We are sad to be losing Sally from our Schott family after such a long and fruitful time, but we are absolutely delighted to welcome Sam and look forward to many years working with him.”
Sally adds: “I am so very happy and proud that Sam has agreed to join the international publishing team here at Schott. Promoting, supporting and protecting classical music in all its extraordinary richness is a lifetime’s work and needs strong vision and a collaborative approach. I am fully confident that Sam is the right person to take our work here forward.”