Another Nordic at shockingly white BBC orchestrasmain
The BBC Concert Orchestra has just named Anna-Maria Helsing as its principal guest conductor.
She is Swedish-Finnish and has been, at the Oulu Symphony, the first woman to head a Finnish symphony orchestra.
There are now four Finnish conductors across the three main BBC orchestras –
Sakari Oramo as music director of the BBC Symphony
Dalia Stasevska principal guest conductor
John Storgårds Chief Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic
and now Helsing at the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Plus a Dane, Thomas Dausgaard, at the BBC Scottish.
One might almost suspect nepotism.
Why is there not a single non-white conductor at the BBC?
Questions should be asked in the next Parliament.
UPDATE: The BBC have been in touch to say that Ryan Bancroft, recently appointed principal conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, is African-American.