Timothy Walker (left) and David Burke (right).
Timothy Walker steps down as chief executive of London Philharmonic Orchestra2:04, 24th January 2020
The London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) has announced the retirement of its chief executive and artistic director Timothy Walker, and a restructuring of its leadership with the roles of chief executive and artistic director split into two distinct positions.
David Burke, currently the orchestra’s general manager and finance director, will become its chief executive in June 2020. A search committee is being formed to appoint a new artistic director.
The LPO board, which consists of player and non-player directors, began its deliberations on the restructuring process two years ago when Walker indicated that he would step down on his 65th birthday.
Victoria Robey OBE, chairman of the LPO Board, and Martin Hoehmann, president, said: ‘We have been fortunate for 17 years to have had Tim’s strong leadership and internationally acclaimed artistic creativity at the forefront of our orchestra. We owe him an enormous debt of gratitude for his loyalty and his passion to drive the London Philharmonic Orchestra to even greater achievements.
‘Equally, it is with great confidence that we welcome David Burke to the role of chief executive following on from his outstanding contributions both as general manager and finance director over the last decade.’
Timothy Walker CBE AM described it as an ‘honour and a privilege’ to have led the orchestra. ‘I wish to thanks the players, board and management as well as audiences, funders and donors for their tremendous support and adventurous open-mindedness as we shared our creative programming at home and abroad.’