Scots conductor quits Germany for English north

Scots conductor quits Germany for English north


norman lebrecht

February 12, 2020

Garry Walker has told the Rheinischen Philharmonie in Koblenz that he won’t renew his contract, which expires next year.

He said his new job in Leeds, as music director of Opera North, will require all his attention.

Good man.



  • opera tourist says:

    He will be missed at Koblenz – a lovely historic theatre with high standards – BUT welcomed at Opera North!

  • yujafan says:

    That’s another reason for me to go to Opera North then! Good news all round, I admire his commitment and honesty 🙂

  • Gustavo says:

    His personal Brexit.

  • C Porumbescu says:

    Garry is a wonderful conductor and his Billy Budd at Opera North was stupendous.

    What a shame that Brexit has driven him out of the UK and…oh…hang on a minute…

  • Brian says:

    What a silly statement, saying “good man”. Happy to have him back in the Empire where he belongs?.

    • stdu says:

      I believe what was meant by “good man” was that he has decided to focus his attention on primarily one organization instead of running the risk of stretching himself thin.

      I second that “good man”.

    • Spartacus says:

      I think the implication is that he’s a ‘good man’ for fully committing to his new appointment? Sounds fair enough.

    • Gustavo says:

      There is such thing as irony.

  • Sara says:

    Wonderful and VERY professional conductor, artist and committed performer of the best musical repertoire, great person – as well. Maestro, good luck in Leeds and you’ll be very missed!