The Academy of St Martin within the Fields Names New Chief Govt

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The London-based Academy of St Martin within the Fields (ASMF) chamber orchestra lately appointed a brand new Chief Govt in Annie Lydford. She involves the Academy from a job as Managing Director at Nevill Holt Opera, which she held for 3 seasons.

Lydford has additionally labored in communications for quite a few distinguished arts organizations, together with the English Nationwide Opera and the Inventive Industries Federation. She was additionally a founding board member of SWAP’ra, a charitable group that advocates for girls and oldsters working within the opera sector.

The ASMF was based in 1958 by Sir Neville Marriner, with the objective of working as a versatile, unconducted ensemble that facilitates a excessive degree of participant autonomy. At this time, it’s led by American violinist Joshua Bell, and the group steadily presents each chamber music and symphonic repertoire.

“The Academy of St Martin within the Fields is an orchestra I’ve liked for years by way of its iconic recordings and dwell live shows,” mentioned Lydford. “It’s an honor to affix a staff that mixes the Academy’s large legacy with the constantly excessive musical requirements of the orchestra right this moment.”

“I’ve loved assembly and talking with members of the orchestra and board over the past month, and am wanting ahead to working with Joshua, Tomo Keller, the gamers, the administration staff and the board to make sure that the Academy stays on the forefront of the world’s chamber orchestras,” she added.

“As Music Director and proud member of the Academy’s musical household, I’m delighted that Annie Lydford has accepted the place of Chief Govt and I’m very a lot wanting ahead to working along with her,” mentioned Joshua Bell.

“Beneath her steering, the Academy of St Martin within the Fields will try to be revolutionary and ahead pondering, whereas persevering with to honor the legacy of Sir Neville Marriner and dwell as much as its popularity as one of the exalted musical establishments on this planet,” he added.