Rhinegold Marianna Hay and Stuart Burns

Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Orchestras for All announces changes to leadership team

9:25, 17th January 2018

Orchestras for All (OFA) has made a number of changes to its leadership team.

Chief executive Marianna Hay, who founded OFA in 2011, has been selected as a fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme. As a result, she is to move into the part-time role of artistic director and founder.

Stuart Burns has been promoted from head of programmes and operations to executive director. Burns, who joined OFA in 2014 as programme and general manager, played a key part in the formulation of OFA’s 2017-2020 Strategic Plan; in his new position, he will be responsible for all aspects of OFA’s operations.

Richard Dinnadge, who has held senior positions with companies including Bertelsmann and Schott Music Publishing, joins OFA in the newly created position of head of development and communications. He will be responsible for fundraising, revenue development, marketing and communications.

Marianna Hay said: ‘Founding and building Orchestras for All these past seven years has been an extraordinary experience. I have seen it grow from an orchestra of 35 young people into a fully-fledged organisation working with hundreds of young people each year and supporting music teachers, schools and communities across all four nations of the UK.

‘Orchestras for All’s vision is that every young person should have the opportunity to experience ensemble music-making regardless of their circumstances and I believe that we have the organisation in place to deliver that vision.’

The charity gives young people aged 11-18 with complex lives the opportunity to access ensemble music-making. Since its creation in 2011, it has worked with over 1,000 young people, supported over 75 music teachers and community music leaders, and created over 25 arrangements of specially-created music for mixed ability ensembles.


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