English Chamber Orchestra gets an artistic directormain
Quin Ballardie stays in control, but violist Lawrence Power becomes artistic director from next season. A small step for an orchestra that sometimes feels it’s from another era. Press release below.
From Quintin Ballardie, ECO
“In 1960 I founded, with my friend Dr Ursula Strebi, the English Chamber Orchestra as it is today. I am very pleased to announce the exciting news that my colleague Lawrence Power, surely now one of the foremost violists and musicians in the world, has graciously accepted to become the Artistic Director of our English Chamber Orchestra Charitable Trust. It goes without saying that when I announced this to our, all important colleagues in the Orchestra they were equally thrilled. We all wish him every success in his many and varied future activities with the Orchestra”.
Quintin Ballardie OBE FRAM, Managing Director
Lawrence Power writes
“ I am delighted to have been appointed Artistic Director of The English Chamber Orchestra Charitable Trust from the 2016/17 season. It is well known that this is an orchestra with an extraordinary heritage having performed and recorded with many of the most important musicians and composers of our time from Benjamin Britten onwards. It will be an honour to continue this tradition while also developing new, exciting projects and artistic partnerships.
I am very grateful to Kings Place for their support to me in developing my first London series with the ECO at this special and innovative venue. Joining the orchestra and myself in the 2016/17 season will be some of the most interesting artists performing today – pianist and conductor Christian Zacharias, violinists Vilde Frang, Anthony Marwood and Daniel Hope, tenor Mark Padmore, cellist Nicolas Altstaedt and trumpeter Alison Balsom.
I’m incredibly fortunate as a musician to have a diverse career that allows me to perform as soloist with orchestra, collaborate in chamber music and also to work closely with composers. I’m very excited to be able to combine these three elements as Artistic Director of the ECO. Certainly there will be chamber music in each programme, something that is at the very essence of this special orchestra. I also very much look forward to working closely with composers, again something that is at the heart of the orchestra’s history. To begin with in my opening season, following the recent loss of one our most important and beloved composers, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, there will be a concert to celebrate his life and music, which will be presented by Tom Service. I’m honoured that we will be joined by composers Oliver Knussen, Thomas Larcher, James Macmillan, Sally Beamish, David and Colin Matthews with some new pieces especially written for the occasion.
The ECO also has a tradition of championing young talent and I’m delighted to continue this in a new partnership with the Royal Academy of Music. This close association will support the endeavour of the Academy to keep the walls between music education and the profession as porous as possible while making it possible for ECO to mentor and nurture emerging young players as they approach the end of their studies and embark on performing careers.
Finally I would like to thank Quintin Ballardie and the ECO Charitable Trust for all their help and advice. The ECO has been at the forefront of music making all over the world for the last 56 years and the responsibility to continue this incredible tradition is something I take very seriously.