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The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s nine-month search for a Chief Executive has been brought to an end with the announcement that Douglas Scarfe is to take the post on July 2. Scarfe is currently the Director of the Orchestra, Chorus and Concert Programme of Opera North.
Scarfe has been with Opera North for almost 25 years. Joining as a horn player, Scarfe eventually moved into management and has expressed his delight at joining the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra saying: “I am delighted to be joining this wonderful orchestra.”
He continued: “With high artistic values, an outstanding Principal Conductor and excellent community engagement embedded in the organisation: there is a great story to be told. I look forward to working with every member of the company to build the orchestra's work.”
The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s chairman, Terence O’ Rourke, expressed his delight at the appointment.
He said: “He brings with him an impressive track record as a leading arts administrator, coupled with the understanding of a musician. All major arts organisations are facing a challenging future in the current economic climate, and it takes a special individual to lead an orchestra through this period.
“This is why we have carried out an exhaustive and demanding search, and we have been determined not to rush into a decision until we find such a person. We believe that in Dougie, we have found that person, and we think he will bring a great deal to the BSO.”