Just in: Scots pluck London orchestra chiefmain
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has named Alistair Mackie as its next chief executive, starting in April.
He is co-principal trumpet and ex-chairman of London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, but a Scot at heart.
Mackie stood in as managing director of the Philharmonia after David Whelton’s retirement and has been preparing the orchestra for transition when Esa-Pekka Salonen steps down as music director.
He says: ”m honoured and excited to be taking up the position of Chief Executive with the RSNO. The first orchestral concert I ever attended was a performance of The Planets at the Kelvin Hall with the Scottish National Orchestra and throughout my teenage years I was repeatedly inspired by the unique energy and musicality of this amazing ensemble. It’s no small part of why I chose to pursue a career as a professional musician.
‘As the RSNO begins the next phase of its life with new Music Director Thomas Søndergård I believe there are unparalleled opportunities for this outstanding ensemble. With strong support from the Scottish Government the opportunity exists to have world-class music-making open and accessible to absolutely every member of Scottish society. Established and emerging digital platforms give new possibilities of reaching global audiences with the message of a vibrant Scottish musical scene.’