Simon Webb named as BBC Philharmonic manager

Simon Webb Simon Webb will oversee an orchestra of 90 musicians

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Simon Webb has been appointed general manager of the BBC Philharmonic orchestra.

He will join the Salford-based group in March, replacing Richard Wigley, who has been in charge of the orchestra for 10 years.

A former cellist, Webb is currently director of orchestral management at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

He also performed in the London Philharmonic Orchestra, before joining Sheffield's chamber music group Music in the Round as administrative director, and has developed orchestral provision in Yorkshire and the Humber with Arts Council England.

Webb said: "I am looking forward to continuing the impressive work of my predecessor, Richard Wigley, in developing the orchestra's work across the region and particularly in its home city of Salford."

Radio 3 controller Roger Wright said he was "delighted to welcome Simon to the BBC Philharmonic and the wider BBC performing group family".

The orchestra, which includes around 90 musicians, is partly funded by Salford City Council and performs regularly for Radio 3 and in concerts across northern England and abroad. They also collaborated with Elbow for the BBC's Olympic theme last year.

Peter Salmon, BBC North director, said the orchestra was an "important ambassador for the BBC throughout the region".

"Simon's artistic credentials speak for themselves but what is also impressive is his commitment to spreading the message about music to harder-to-reach communities and children."

Richard Wigley will take up a new role as artistic manager at the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra next year.

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