Michael Garvey, head of the Academy of Ancient Music, has been named chief exec of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the only concert ensemble in the principality.
BBC Cymru Wales has appointed Michael Garvey as the new director of the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales.
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Garvey, currently chief executive of the Academy of Ancient Music, will take up the position in December. He will take charge of Wales’ only professional symphony orchestra in its dual role as broadcasting and national orchestra, working closely with Principal Conductor, Thomas Søndergård, to tackle exciting new challenges in artistic excellence and cultural innovation.
With more than 15 years of both commercial and subsidised music industry experience, Garvey will bring expertise in key areas, including strategic partnerships, the international music sector and the highest artistic quality.
In his recent work, he has established the Academy of Ancient Music’s own record label, AAM Records, opened up new international markets for the orchestra and secured a role for the AAM as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant celebrations, which saw the orchestra perform live to millions across the globe. Most recently, this summer the AAM spent three months as resident ensemble at the National Gallery’s Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure exhibition.
Before becoming chief executive of the Academy of Ancient Music, he was general manager at the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and has previously worked at the Arts Council England and Classic FM.