Halle orchestra names new chief

The Manchester orchestra has chosen David Butcher of the Britten Sinfonia to succeed John Summers, who is retiring this summer.

Butcher has been Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the Britten Sinfonia for 25 years.

His first task will be to select likely successors to the music director, Sir Mark Elder.

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      • From Cambridge actually. He’s incontestably white and male but Britten Sinfonia is renowned for being one of the most forward-looking ensembles around, largely thanks to him.

  • When the time comes for Sir Mark to leave, it will be interesting to see which way the Halle goes – young and developing or experienced and established.

    Kirill Karabits, Vasily Petrenko and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla have all been very successful for their respective ensembles. Nevertheless, taking the Danish National Symphony Orchestra as one example, Fabio Luisi (and Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos before him) has done great things and had the benefit of plenty of experience.

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