English festival seeks new boss

English festival seeks new boss


norman lebrecht

September 12, 2017

Meurig Bowen has stepped down from the Cheltenham Music Festival after ten years to work for the BBC in Cardiff as artistic planning manager at the National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales.

He will also help out with planning at St George’s, Bristol.

press photo  © mcphersonstevens.com


UPDATE: Message from Meurig:

So my news today is that I’m heading out of festival-land at the end of year, and starting in January a new artistic planning job at the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales. As it’s not quite a full-time role, I’ll also be doing some programming for the equally wonderful St George’s in Bristol – which reopens early next year with a fab new glass and steel extension.

While I’ll be sad to leave Cheltenham Festivals, it’s very exciting to have fresh challenges and possibilities ahead of me with an orchestra and a venue. And being 50% Welsh, I’m so glad I’ll be working in and for the Principality for the first time. It was New South Wales once, with the ACO. Old South Wales beckons.


  • Robert King says:

    One of the unsung, modest heroes of British music – a terrific catch for Wales, and great gratitude from many musicians for all that Meurig has done over his decade in Cheltenham.