Meurig Bowen has been appointed Chief Executive and Artistic Director of internationally renowned UK chamber orchestra Britten Sinfonia.  

Currently Head of Artistic Planning at BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, and previously Director of Cheltenham Music Festival for 10 years, Meurig will join Britten Sinfonia in August 2020 to lead the orchestra’s artistic planning and administration.  

Dr Jerome Booth, Chairman of Britten Sinfonia’s Board of Trustees comments:

Britten Sinfonia has always been fearless in its approach to music making and Meurig shares our sense of energy and inquiry. He is an experienced and adventurous programmer and a passionate advocate for reaching wider audiences with music of the highest quality and ambition. The match between his dynamic approach and one of the world’s finest chamber orchestras is an enticing one and we look forward to welcoming him this summer.’’

Meurig Bowen comments: 

“I’ve been a long-time admirer of Britten Sinfonia’s distinctive musicianship and the vitality and sheer excellence of its music making. It’s therefore a great joy to be able to follow in David Butcher’s footsteps and to work with Britten Sinfonia’s virtuoso musicians, highly committed staff and board to help shape an invigorating future for one of the world’s finest chamber orchestras.”

Meurig will succeed David Butcher, who will leave Britten Sinfonia at the end of July to take up the post of Chief Executive of Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra in September 2020.