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Sage Gateshead's Dominic Parker Appointed Director of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Posted on 2 August 2016

Sage Gateshead and the BBC today announced that Dominic Parker will be stepping down as Director of External Relations at Sage Gateshead in the autumn to take up the appointment as Director of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. For eighteen years, Dominic Parker has worked for a number of leading musical companies across the UK, including orchestras, concert halls and a conservatoire. His most recent role at Sage Gateshead has seen him work closely with the artistic programme team and Royal Northern Sinfonia, the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra.

Following four years with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, he joined the team at the Southbank Centre, and subsequently played a significant part in the redevelopment of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff with the creation of the Dora Stoutzker Hall. Dominic studied English Literature at Oxford University, holds an LRSM diploma in piano performance, and is in the final stages of an Executive MBA at Newcastle University Business School.

Dominic Parker commented: “With Thomas Dausgaard taking up his position as Chief Conductor this September, this is a hugely exciting time to be joining the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as their new Director. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to follow Gavin Reid in that role and to build on his success. I am really looking forward to working with Thomas, the players, the management and the wider team at the BBC to ensure that as many people as possible experience and enjoy the talent of this great orchestra. I have had an incredible 5 years at Sage Gateshead working alongside some amazing colleagues. As someone who grew up in the North East I am very aware of the contribution Sage Gateshead has made to the region and I am really pleased to have played my part in that.”

Abigail Pogson, Managing Director Sage Gateshead said: “This is a really exciting move for Dominic and I’m thrilled on his behalf – he will make a really fantastic Director for Scotland’s leading orchestra. Dominic has contributed a huge amount during his five years here, not least leading our Catalyst Endowment Campaign which secured £6million for Sage Gateshead to support future education and performance activity by the organisation. The campaign was one of the biggest in the UK and one of the only campaigns to achieve its target and much of this was down to Dominic’s leadership. We wish him well in his new role and will look forward to welcoming him back to Sage Gateshead later in the season when BBCSSO give one of our Visiting Orchestra concerts as part of our classical season.”

Alan Davey, Controller of BBC Radio 3, commented: “We are looking forward to welcoming Dominic to the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the wider BBC Performing Group and Radio 3 family. He brings with him a wealth of experience in connecting audiences to great music, and joins at a time when the BBC SSO welcomes a new Principal Conductor, Thomas Dausgaard, who will take the orchestra to new places and new heights. There are exciting times to come for the orchestra and for the audiences who experience their work live and through broadcasts locally, nationally and internationally. Our profound thanks and best wishes to Gavin Reid, who leaves the orchestra in great shape.”

Donalda MacKinnon, BBC Scotland Head of Programmes and Services said: “Dominic has an impressive track record in leading and motivating creative teams. He has an excellent knowledge of musical repertoire and conductors and will make a major contribution to the artistic direction of the SSO.”

Dominic Parker will take up his role with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in the autumn.


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Notes for Editors

About the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s position as one of the pillars of Scotland’s musical life has been established steadily since it was founded in December 1935. Based at City Halls in Glasgow (since 2006), it is a key contributor to the BBC’s broadcasting and cultural role and performs to large and enthusiastic audiences in venues throughout Scotland, as well as carrying out a busy schedule of recordings, concerts and broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Television, and Online. A past recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for best orchestra, the BBC SSO has made over 120 commercial recordings, many of which have received prizes, including four Gramophone Awards.

About Sage Gateshead
Sage Gateshead is an international home for music and musical discovery located in the North East of England. Its local, national and international concert programme runs all year round and incorporates all kinds of music.

It is home to Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead, and the Folkworks programme as well as providing a much broader performance programme. Sage Gateshead offers an extensive Join In and Make Music programme that enables everyone of every age or ability to become involved in music. In addition to the work in Sage Gateshead itself, 70% of the work of the programme takes place outside of the venue and in the communities.