Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Philharmonia announces new managing director

10:53, 3rd January 2017

The Philharmonia Orchestra has appointed Helen Sprott as its new managing director.

She will assume the role in April 2017, replacing David Whelton, who retired in August 2016 following 29 years with the orchestra, and taking over from interim managing director Alistair Mackie.

Sprott was previously director of music at Arts Council England, where she has worked since 2005. Prior to this, she was commissioning editor for music and performing arts with Channel 4 Television, music specialist on BBC 2’s The Late Show, and commissioning editor for music books with Faber & Faber.

Describing the Philharmonia as ‘one of the world’s great orchestras’, Sprott said it was ‘a real privilege’ to be appointed as managing director.

She continued: ‘My ambition is to support these wonderful musicians to reach new audiences across the world, whether virtually or through live concerts, so that as many people as possible see and hear the Philharmonia, and experience the incredible work of this Orchestra.’


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