David Whelton, managing director of the Philharmonia Orchestra, is to retire after 29 years running the 70-year-old London orchestra.
It’s easy to wax lyrical about the Philharmonia Orchestra’s 160 concerts a year at venues including London’s Royal Festival Hall, in Bedford, Leicester, Basingstoke and Canterbury, and at the Three Choirs Festival. Their touring schedule is notable too.
Amongst the many of the orchestra’s achievements during that 29 years, the ongoing relationship with conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen is perhaps the most potent. What won’t be written about quite so much is the fact that under his stewardship the band’s marketing and digital investment has been considerable and reaped well-deserved rewards. The fact that the orchestra advertises arts management traineeships merely underlines the success the orchestra has achieved amongst the industry and, by extension, points to the vision of its MD.
Whelton will leave the Orchestra at the end of its 70th anniversary season, in summer 2016. The process to recruit his successor is underway.