Just in: Brit is the next US music director

Just in: Brit is the next US music director


norman lebrecht

May 03, 2017

Alastair Willis, who grew up in Surrey and graduated from Bristol and Kingston universities, has been named music director of South Bend Symphony Ochestra, starting in July.

He succeeds Tsung Yeh, who retired in May 2016 after 28 years.

Alastair, 46, was until recently music director of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra.


  • George King says:

    Some Americans apparently pronounce the name ‘Surrey’ as ‘Sirry’. Heard it on an American TV programme this evening.

  • Larry says:

    Alastair was born in Massachusetts to British parents. He is currently also a candidate for the Illinois Philharmonic, not to be confused with the “Symphony.” His sister plays horn in the Berlin Philharmonic.

    Congratulations Maestro!