David Pickard appointed Director, BBC Proms

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David Pickard will stand down as General Director of Glyndebourne later this year in order to take up the post of Director, BBC Proms.

David joined Glyndebourne in 2001 from the Orchestra of Enlightenment. His 14 year tenure has been a period of great innovation both artistically and in the area of new audience initiatives.

Since his arrival, Glyndebourne has became the first UK opera company to screen its work in cinemas and the first to stream its operas for free online, further developed its pioneering education work (winning an RPS award for Imago in 2014) and established a programme of offering subsidised opera tickets to people aged 16- 29, as well as an annual programme of Performances for Schools. Under his leadership, Glyndebourne has built on its international reputation for excellence and innovation, through new commissions and award winning productions by Handel (Giulio Cesare), Wagner (Tristan und Isolde and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Purcell (The Fairy Queen) and Britten (The Turn of the Screw, Billy Budd and The Rape of Lucretia). David has also strengthened Glyndebourne’s reputation for developing new talent.

David Pickard said: “After 14 years, the time has come for me to leave Glyndebourne. There are very few jobs that could persuade me to do this, but I have been offered the post of Director, BBC Proms and I have decided to accept.

There are a number of reasons for my decision, but the most important is that I believe that change is good and healthy – both for Glyndebourne and for me. Before then I look forward to seeing through the rest of this very exciting 2015 Glyndebourne Festival season and enjoying the opportunity to say a proper goodbye to my Glyndebourne colleagues.

I love Glyndebourne, and the people who work there, and I am very proud to have been part of this very special place. Glyndebourne has never been afraid to change and to innovate, whilst holding on tight to its founding principle of excellence in everything it does, and I know that it will continue to do this in the future.”

Gus Christie, Executive Chairman of Glyndebourne, said: “David took the job as General Director at Glyndebourne soon after I took over from my father as Executive Chairman. I could not have hoped for a better working partnership. Under his leadership and in close collaboration with the Music Directors, Vladimir Jurowski and Robin Ticciati, he has created some terrific seasons, which have consistently exceeded box office sales of 95% of financial capacity, a sure sign that he has understood our audiences while not being afraid to take some risks along the way. He has been an adept collaborator and has forged a very strong leadership group, which has allowed Glyndebourne to flourish, both artistically and financially.

I am delighted that he is taking on his next exciting challenge as Director of the BBC Proms. On behalf of everyone at Glyndebourne I’d like to thank David for his immense contribution to the company over the last 14 years and wish him the very best of luck for the future.

We will turn now to finding a worthy successor and are confident that we will find the right candidate to take Glyndebourne forward for the next generation.”