Gavin Reid, Director, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra


Last updated August 2009

Gavin Reid was born in 1966 and educated in Edinburgh.

Following school, he spent two years at Napier College before moving to Manchester to study the trumpet at the Royal Northern College of Music, followed by a year at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama before returning to Manchester in 1991.

Whilst at college, he was a member of the European Community Youth Orchestra.

Gavin performed with a variety of orchestras and ensembles throughout the UK and was Principal Trumpet of Manchester Camerata from 1990 to 2001.

Gavin has been heavily involved in orchestral education programmes throughout his career, developing a wide variety of programmes and initiatives throughout Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Lancashire and North Wales.

In 2002 Gavin was appointed General Manager of Manchester Camerata, the leading professional chamber orchestra in England's North-West.

During his time as General Manager, the orchestra broadcast for the first time on BBC Radio 3, gave its debut performance at the BBC Proms, launched its own series of live CD recordings, successfully completed Arts Council England's Recovery Programme and also announced a major new partnership with the Royal Northern College of Music.

Gavin was one of the first to be selected for the Clore Leadership Programme – an initiative of the Clore Duffield Foundation, which aims to develop the next generation of cultural leaders.

In 2006 Gavin became Director of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Away from music, Gavin's time is spent with his wife and their two sons.