Emma Dunch is the new chief executive for Sydney Symphony Orchestra

It pains me to link to a blog post on Slipped Disc, but I will. There aren’t enough women running orchestras in the UK. That amazes me. I think it needs to change.

And that helps explain why the news that Emma Dunch is the new chief executive for Sydney Symphony Orchestra is so refreshing. If it can happen there, then maybe it can happen more here.

It’s not all good news though. I bite my lip when I read this in the Sydney Herald:

As with all orchestral music, bringing down the average age in the concert hall is also a prime focus.

“It’s about meeting millennials and Gen Y audiences where they are instead of maybe where their parents were,” she says.

Most of the UK’s orchestras are run by men. That amazes me. I think it needs to change.

Pro-tip, Emma. Don’t call them ‘millennials’. They hate that.

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