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Roger Wright

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Radio 3 Controller to run
BBC Proms


Roger Wright has been appointed Director of the BBC Proms in addition to his current post as Controller, BBC Radio 3.

 

He will take on this new role in October when Nicholas Kenyon leaves the BBC to become Managing Director at the Barbican.

 

Roger Wright said: "The BBC Proms has played a vital part in my musical upbringing and so I am thrilled to be taking on this new challenge."

 

Jenny Abramsky, Director, BBC Audio & Music, said: "Roger is a brilliant Controller of Radio 3. I am delighted that he will bring his creativity to the BBC Proms.

 

"He will continue the work of Nicholas Kenyon who has been an inspired and innovative champion of the BBC Proms for 11 years."

 

Roger Wright has been Controller of Radio 3, the UK's leading cultural radio station, since November 1998. As Controller he is in charge of its editorial strategy, commissioning and scheduling policies.

 

He is also responsible for four of the BBC's performing groups: the BBC Concert Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Singers.

 

From October, Roger will also co-ordinate the BBC's classical music output across all BBC platforms.

 

Under Roger's leadership, Radio 3 has increased its commitment to live music both throughout the UK and internationally in addition to strengthening its support and encouragement of young artists.

 

The station continues to be the world's largest commissioner of new music, broadcasting works by a wide range of composers.

 

Roger has also been the driving force behind composer-focused seasons such as The Beethoven Experience, A Bach Christmas, Webern Day and, most recently, The Tchaikovsky Experience in addition to The Ring In A Day, when the Radio 3 schedule was cleared to broadcast Wagner's entire 18-hour Ring cycle.

 

The BBC Proms is one of the world's greatest music festivals. Entering its 113th season in July 2007, the events run for eight weeks and span a huge range of composers and repertoire, bringing together many acclaimed international artists, ensembles and orchestras, with the BBC's orchestras and choirs providing the backbone of the season.

 

Comprised mainly of orchestral concerts, it also features semi-staged opera, specialist early music and contemporary concerts with many UK and world premieres of works commissioned specially by the BBC.

 

Prior to his role as Controller of Radio 3, Roger held the positions of Head of BBC Classical Music, Executive Producer and Vice President, Artists & Repertoire, Deutsche Grammophon, Artistic Administrator of the Cleveland Orchestra, Senior Producer of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Director of the British Music Information Centre.

 

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Category: Proms & Orchestras; Radio 3; BBC
Date: 19.04.2007
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