New Artistic Director for Music in the Round
Music in the Round has appointed Angus Smith as its new Artistic Director from 1st August 2010.
Angus is an internationally renowned musician and artistic director with an exceptional reputation. He has a wealth of experience programming, performing in and managing his own group, The Orlando Consort, devising and running creative projects for Oundle International Festival, and collaborating with a range of instrumentalists, singers and composers including jazz quartet the Perfect Houseplants, young British composer Tarik O’Regan, the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and the tabla player Kuljit Bhamra. Equally committed to new music, Angus has performed thirty-one world premieres in the last ten years alone with The Orlando Consort. Angus brings fresh ideas and a new perspective with which to continue the pioneering work done by Music in the Round to promote the best in chamber music.
Angus Smith says:
“I am absolutely delighted to have been given the opportunity to contribute to the outstanding work of Music in the Round. For over twenty-five years I have worked as a singer, performing from a broad spectrum of classical music. Many of my most enjoyable experiences have come from working with The Orlando Consort, a four-voice ‘a capella’ ensemble that The Times once flatteringly referred to as “the vocal equivalent of a fine string quartet.” It is truly thrilling to have been given the chance by the Board of MitR to extend my passion for programming in the chamber music format that I consider is the highest form of music-making.
Peter Cropper has established Music in the Round as a pivotal and vital organisation in the presentation of chamber music. While I am looking forward to bringing my own individual perspective to future programmes and activities, my starting point will unequivocally be to maintain the record of excellence, imagination and sheer dynamism provided by Peter.”
Angus has released twenty-three CDs with the Orlando Consort, including two Gramophone Magazine Award winners and has given solo performances with English Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Sir Roger Norrington, Richard Hickox, Ivan Fischer and others. In addition to the musical contacts he brings to Music in the Round excellent contacts with the media, with festival and arts promoters around the UK, and with the Arts Council.
Paul Allen, Chairman of Music in the Round says:
“We’re absolutely delighted to welcome Angus as the new Artistic Director of Music in the Round. Angus has made a real mark with his innovative programming, his exciting approach to audiences, strategic partnerships and engagement with a wide range of communities. His experience of international touring, of managing his own group and his enthusiasm for chamber music are a compelling combination. It was never going to be easy to fill Peter Cropper’s shoes, but in Angus we believe that we have found an extremely talented individual who will develop a strong, new artistic vision to build on the pioneering work that Peter has done.”
Peter Cropper, outgoing Artistic Director says:
“It seems to me that Angus has absolutely the right combination of experience and integrity to take the artistic vision of Music in the Round forwards. When we started our May Festivals in 1984 we had no idea they would lead to a company with a national profile and reputation for touring chamber music around the country. Successful organisations seize the opportunities that come along to develop what they do and change with the times. The knowledge and skill that Angus has gained through his leadership of the Orlando Consort will help both Music in the Round and Ensemble 360 achieve their vision for the future of music in this country.”
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