The Philharmonia Orchestra has appointed Ben Larpent of the South Bank Centre to be its director of artistic planning.
The orchestra has a new chief executive, Alexander Van Ingen, and music drector, Santtu-Matias Rouvali. Why they should need an extra programmer is unclear.
Larpent, for the past ten years has been head of classical music at the Southbank Centre, where the profile of classical music has been in precipitate decline. If he fought for the artform, he lost.