UK conductor quits US orch

UK conductor quits US orch


norman lebrecht

July 23, 2015

Alastair Willis is leaving the Illinois Symphony Orchestra midways through his contract in order ‘to balance the demands of his international performance schedule’.

Alastair, US born, was raised in Surrey and went to university in Bristol and Kingston. He now lives in Seattle.

alistair willis



  • RW2013 says:

    Does one foreign gig (in Qatar) in 2015 constitute an “international performance schedule”?
    Just asking…

  • Jewelyard says:

    Something fishy here. Nice guy, quite a mediocre conductor.

    • Coralyn says:

      I agree with you it is an allegory, but I have spoken with people that actually believe the tiger story to be true. While I disagree, I don’t believe I have the authority to tell them they are wrong.I will say I think there is something faintcaisng to someone believing the tiger story to be the “true” story. That belief could be looked at as naive, optimistic or hopeful. However, I wonder, how sure would you be though had the two Ministry members not asked for a story they could believe?

  • Joseph Adam says:

    Alastair Willis is a former associate conductor of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. His tenure ended approximately 10-12 years ago.

  • Violist says:

    If he talked less on the podium and wasn’t such a jerk behind the scenes, he might have a career beyond small community orchestras.