Paul Hughes, announced that, after 23 years, he is to step down from his role as Director of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and BBC Singers

In his note to Radio 3 staff, Alan Davey, Controller of Radio 3, Proms and Orchestras and Choirs said: “It has been a glorious 23 years of music making and leadership with Paul, taking the BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus and BBC Singers to the exalted place they now enjoy at the pinnacle of music making in this country.  Throughout Paul’s tenure at the BBC, he has worked with colleagues to create a culture where musicians can explore what music can do, to the delight of audiences all over the world. We will miss him – his humour, his endless ideas and above all his desire for marvellous things to happen.”

On the subject of his move, Paul Hughes adds: “It has been the greatest privilege of my life to be the custodian of these great ensembles, and the greatest pleasure to work with such a dedicated, hard-working team of management, production and musician colleagues. The tours around the world, the Proms, recordings, awards and extraordinary array of artists and composers we’ve worked with over the years – and of course all the good times in the office – will live long in my memory and in my heart.”

Paul’s last day at the BBC will be the First Night of this year’s Proms – 15 July 2022.

Arrangements to find Paul’s successor will be announced in due course.