The National Symphony Orchestra [UK] have announced that Paul Bateman, known not only for his extensive conducting experience, but also for his world-class arranging work, is joining them as Principal Conductor as from November 2018. Paul Bateman will be taking on the role at a time of renewed energy and direction for the orchestra, building on the NSO’s rapidly increasing national and international profile.
Paul Bateman: “I could not be more delighted to become Principal Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra. I’ve known and worked with many of their members for many years and I feel that together we will all be very keen to make music of the highest standard. I also know that we share an enthusiasm for making music that will become abundantly clear to audiences around the world. I look forward to taking the orchestra forward to ever greater heights of achievement.”
Artistic Director of NSO Justin Pearson: "I am thrilled that Paul Bateman has agreed to become NSO's new Principal Conductor. He joins the orchestra at a particularly exciting time, when very many projects are coming to fruition. Paul possesses a wide range of musical skills, bringing a vast wealth of experience and a firmly established international reputation. Our professional relationship has grown alongside a strong personal friendship over many years. The musical versatility required by NSO with its hugely varied musical projects means that Paul is perfectly placed to build on the impressive legacy created by Anthony Inglis, meaning a seamless transition is possible. The appointment has met with universal approval by members of the orchestra and we look forward to performing abroad and working in the studios here in London, as well as continuing to give popular concerts for which the orchestra is closely associated."
Matthew Scrivener, NSO's leader: "Paul is a genuine pleasure to work for as is not only an excellent conductor, but also a great musician."
Paul Bateman has conducted the London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Concert and Russian National orchestras amongst many others. Paul Bateman has conducted for a whole host of celebrated artists including Sir Bryn Terfel, Jose Carreras and Sir Paul McCartney, and has an enviable reputation as an orchestrator and arranger, most notably on recordings for Lesley Garrett and Daniel Hope.