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Just in: Headless orchestra gives it to the horn

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, which has been managerless for nine months since Simon Taylor left for Dublin, has finally chosen a chief executive.

He is Dougie Scarfe, former horn player with Opera North.

Bournemouth’s first choice turned down the job after seeing the parlous state of its finances. We wish Dougie every success.

Press release follows solidarity clip:

 

PRESS RELEASE

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra announces Dougie Scarfe as new Chief Executive

 

Following a thorough and comprehensive search, the Board of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the appointment of Dougie Scarfe as the new Chief Executive of the organisation. Scarfe is currently Director of the Orchestra, Chorus and Concert Programme at Opera North, and will take up his new post with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on 2 July 2012.

Scarfe has worked with Opera North for 23 years, first as a member of the horn section and then as a Manager and Director. He is widely credited with transforming the profile of the concert activity there through a range of new collaborations with venues, promoters, media partners and local and national funders; he has also been the driving force behind the company’s first ever Wagner Ring Cycle. Scarfe has a strong commitment to music education and played a pivotal role in the founding and establishment of Yorkshire Young Musicians, a Centre of Advanced training funded through the Government’s Music and Dance Scheme.

Terence O’Rourke, Chairman of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, commented:

“We are delighted that Dougie is joining the BSO as its new Chief Executive. He brings with him an impressive track record as a leading arts administrator, coupled with the understanding of a musician. All major arts organisations are facing a challenging future in the current economic climate, and it takes a special individual to lead an orchestra through this period. This is why we have carried out an exhaustive and demanding search, and we have been determined not to rush into a decision until we find such a person. We believe that in Dougie, we have found that person, and we think he will bring a great deal to the BSO.

With Kirill Karabits as our Principal Conductor, the BSO is playing at a very high level, and I know that Dougie wants to take this orchestra even further forward. Next year is the 120th anniversary of the founding of the Orchestra, and we have a very exciting programme planned to celebrate it. This will be a great platform upon which to build for the future, and to position us even more strongly as one of Britain’s finest orchestras.”

Dougie Scarfe said:

“I am delighted to be joining this wonderful orchestra. With high artistic values, an outstanding Principal Conductor and excellent community engagement embedded in the organisation, there is a great story to be told. I look forward to working with every member of the company to build the orchestra’s work; rooted in the South West but with a strong national and international reputation.”

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