On your bike: the mobile orchestra chief moves on

On your bike: the mobile orchestra chief moves on


norman lebrecht

June 24, 2014

It is less than three years since Michael Elliott became chief executive of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, but today it was announced he is moving on. Again.

Elliott is more a mover than a shaker.

He became chief exec of the troubled Royal Liverpool Phil in 2001. Five years into that job, he took a second post as co-director of the successful bid to win the City of  Culture title. In 2008, he left Liverpool to run the culture side of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

When the Labour government fell, he took the Scottish job. Three years later, he is moving on to a decidedly unsexy job as head of the music examinations body, ABRSM.

That’s a very busy c.v., busier than anyone in the business.





  • Doug says:

    It’s not an easy life for (most) arts executives out there; asked to do more and more with less and less.