Glyndebourne boss David Pickard appointed Proms director
26 May 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
David Pickard has been general director of Glyndebourne since 2001
Glyndebourne boss David Pickard has been appointed director of the BBC Proms, it has been announced.
Pickard, 55, will take up his new role later this year, reporting to BBC 3 controller Alan Davey.
Davey said Pickard would “bring a whole host of fresh ideas” to the three-month classical music festival.
This year’s Proms, which begin in July, will continue under the leadership of Edward Blakeman.
Pickard, who was appointed general director of Glyndebourne in 2001, said he was “honoured” to be asked to take up his new role.
“After 14 wonderful years at Glyndebourne, I count myself extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to lead another of this country’s most exciting arts organisations.
“Like so many people, my interest in classical music was inspired by visits to the Proms as a teenager and it has been my privilege to play a role as a contributor for the past 20 years, firstly with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and more recently with the annual Glyndebourne Prom.
“I look forward now to building on the founding principles of the Proms – to bring world-class classical music to the widest possible audience.”
Born in London in 1960, Pickard studied music at Cambridge and has held senior positions at a number of arts organisations including the Royal Opera Company (1982-1987), the New Shakespeare Company (1987-89) and Kent Opera (1989-90).
Helen Boaden, director of BBC Radio, said Pickard had “an outstanding track record in bringing new audiences to classical music”.
BBC 3 boss Davey said: “David comes from a background of musical excellence and exploration, and will bring a whole host of fresh …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment