The Philharmonia's Managing Director Helen Sprott today announced her decision to step down after two years leading the Orchestra.

During her tenure as Managing Director, Helen oversaw a vibrant period for the Orchestra, and an expansion of its ambitious programme. Developments included the next stages in the Philharmonia’s acclaimed Digital Innovation programme, with the VR Sound Stage project; the launch of the Negaunee-Salonen Conducting Programme in partnership with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Colburn School in Los Angeles; and the renewal and expansion of the Orchestra’s relationship with Garsington Opera.

Helen Sprott said: “The Philharmonia is an extraordinary orchestra, and it has been a privilege to lead, to champion its wonderful players, to work with outstanding conductors, and to create the Philharmonia’s artistic programme. But after two all-consuming years, I have made the difficult decision to pursue other professional and personal objectives. With future seasons planned, a full schedule and strong audience figures, the time is right to hand on this important responsibility.”

Chair of the Philharmonia Orchestra Michael Fuller said: “On behalf of everyone connected to the Philharmonia family, I would like to thank Helen for her dedication to the Orchestra over the past two years. As we move into a new and exciting phase in the Orchestra’s history, with our 75th anniversary celebrations and new artistic relationships on the horizon, we are grateful to Helen for the invaluable role that she has played in securing a bright future for the Orchestra.”

An international recruitment process to identify the Orchestra’s next Managing Director will be launched, before which Helen will continue to support the Orchestra and associated artists to ensure a smooth transition.


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