Simon Robey, Chairman of the Council of Aldeburgh Music, has announced the appointment of Roger Wright to the position of Chief Executive.
Roger Wright joins Aldeburgh Music from the BBC where he is currently Controller, BBC Radio 3 and Director, BBC Proms. He will take up his position in early September.
Commenting on the appointment, Simon Robey said “Roger knows and loves Aldeburgh Music and understands its particular place in the artistic and wider life of its region, as well as its national and international role. He will bring an exceptional breadth and depth of experience to all we do. I am confident that, building on the remarkable achievements of his predecessor, Jonathan Reekie, he will lead Aldeburgh Music to even greater heights. I am very excited about the future of this extraordinary place.”
Roger Wright, aged 57, began his professional life in 1978 at the British Music Information Centre and also worked as a freelance writer and broadcaster with a specialist knowledge of British 20th century music. He was then appointed Senior Producer at the BBC Symphony Orchestra before becoming Artistic Administrator of The Cleveland Orchestra in 1989. Three years later, he moved to Hamburg to take the post of Vice President, Artists and Repertoire, at Deutsche Grammophon.
He returned to the BBC in 1997, and has been Controller of BBC Radio 3 since 1998 and Director of the BBC Proms since 2007. Under his leadership, the BBC has, among other things, been the largest commissioner of new music in the UK, has emphasised live music and strengthened support for young artists, has been a pioneer in digital projects, has built many partnerships, including with Aldeburgh Music (most recently during the Britten Centenary weekend), and has worked extensively with youth orchestras, choirs and young performers. In recent years, the BBC has built record audiences at the BBC Proms, the world’s largest music festival.
Roger Wright said “It is a huge honour to be asked to lead Aldeburgh Music in this next period of its development, following the highly successful celebration of the Britten centenary. I look forward to working in such a unique environment with its distinguished heritage, and in an organisation so committed to education and high quality music making.”
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival, said “It is with great excitement that we welcome Roger Wright to Aldeburgh. His exceptional stature in the music world and his huge experience in a wide range of activities promise to make the coming years at Aldeburgh bold and successful ones.”
Alan Davey, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, said “Aldeburgh Music plays a vital role in the arts in East Anglia, as well as nationally and internationally. It’s wonderful that Roger, an arts leader of vision and of huge international standing, is taking over as Chief Executive. Roger understands both artists and audiences, is not afraid to challenge, and to take us to unexpected places. I look forward to continuing our partnership to bring great music and art to East Anglia and to the world.”