Meurig Bowen steps down as director of Cheltenham Music Festival3:42, 12th September 2017
Meurig Bowen is to step down as director of Cheltenham Music Festival after ten years in the role.
He is leaving to take up the post of artistic planning manager at the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales.
Bowen, who guest edited the July issue of Classical Music magazine, will leave Cheltenham Festivals in December 2017 having programmed the majority of the 2018 Festival. Alongside his BBC NOW post, he will undertake some freelance artistic planning for St George’s, Bristol, which reopens in early 2018 after a major capital building project.
Edward Gillespie, chair of Cheltenham Music Festival, said: ‘The Music Festival has flourished under Meurig’s outstanding leadership and this year’s Festival, Meurig’s tenth, was widely acclaimed as a Cheltenham high-point with an amazing range of events and a record attendance.
‘Cheltenham’s loss is Cardiff’s gain. I wish Meurig every possible success with BBC NOW and look forward both to seeing his career develop and to enjoying his legacy as our Festival enters a new era.’
Bowen described directing the Cheltenham Music Festival as ‘a dream job’, adding: ‘I’m proud of a good few things achieved here over the last decade – in particular the 50% increases in box office and fundraising income, the way new music has stayed at the heart of the programme, the way we’ve raised our game with the family programme and education work. But after ten years here, and with the Festival in good health, it feels like the right time to move out of festival-land – a place I’ve happily been since 2001.’
Click here to read Meurig Bowen’s evaluation of the British festival scene.