City of London Sinfonia makes diversity pledge10:36, 3rd March 2017
From autumn 2017, the City of London Sinfonia’s artistic leadership will be 50% female, and at least one female conductor or director will perform at each of the ensemble’s major artistic series.
Chief executive Matthew Swan made the announcement ahead of International Women’s Day in a bid to highlight the importance of gender equality in classical music.
Over 60% of the orchestra’s principals are female, but it is now turning its attention to female conductors and directors.
The ensemble’s artistic leadership will comprise creative director and violinist Alexandra Wood and principal conductor Michael Collins.
In a statement, the ensemble said: ‘City of London Sinfonia can’t change the orchestral world overnight, but they can make sure that those talented young female musicians watching CLS can see a realistic, aspirational vision of what they might themselves become.’