Michael Garvey has been appointed director of BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, Wales’s only professional symphony orchestra.
Currently chief executive of the Academy of Ancient Music, Garvey will take up the new position in December, working closely with BBC NOW’s principal conductor Thomas Sondergard.
In recent years, Garvey has established the Academy of Ancient Music’s own record label, AAM Records, and secured a role for the period instrument orchestra as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant. This summer the AAM also spent three months as resident ensemble at the National Gallery’s ‘Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure’ exhibition.
Garvey was general manager at the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment before heading the AAM, and previously worked at Arts Council England and Classic FM.
‘The opportunity to work for BBC NOW’s musicians is a very exciting one,’ he said. ‘Their quality and reputation is formidable, and with Thomas as principal conductor, the artistic future of the orchestra is bright. I also believe that the role the orchestra can play in representing Wales and its culture around the world is particularly interesting, and I look forward to exploring this with BBC NOW’s partners as soon as I start this wonderful new role.’
The Orchestra is acclaimed not only for the quality of its performances but also for its importance within its own community.
BBC National Orchestra of Wales is Orchestra-in-Residence at St David’s Hall, Cardiff, and also presents a concert series in Swansea. As well as international touring, it is in demand at major UK festivals and performs every year at the BBC Proms and biennially at the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.
The work of BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales is supported by the Arts Council of Wales.