Poots scoots in JB’s socks

Poots scoots in JB’s socks


norman lebrecht

November 25, 2014

Alex Poots, founding artistic director of Manchester International Festival (MIF), will leave next summer to run New York’s Culture Shed.

The last music chief to go straight from Manchester to New York must have been John Barbirolli in 1936.

Or have we missed someone?


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  • Eric says:

    Considering he’s been Artistic Director of another NY institution for several years (the Park Avenue Armory), concurrent with his work in Manchester, this isn’t really a decamping of Manchester for NY entirely….though of course he’s leaving both of those institutions for Culture Shed (which is really the news)

  • James Hill says:

    Didn’t Barbirolli go from Scotland to New York in 1936 and then from New York to Manchester in 1943…?