Sir Mark Elder CBE (President)

Sir Mark Elder is Music Director of the Hallé. He enjoys close associations with the London Philharmonic and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He was Music Director of English National opera from 1979 to 1993 and has been Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras. He has appeared annually at the Proms in London for many years including in 1987 and 2006 in the internationally televised Last Night of the Proms. He has appeared regularly in many of the most prominent international opera houses, including Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Opéra National de Paris, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Glyndebourne and was the first British conductor to conduct a new production at the Bayreuth Festival.

Recent and forthcoming symphonic engagements, apart from his commitment to the Hallé, include the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Russian National Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, Gürzenich Orchester, China Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, Australian Youth Orchestra, London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Britten Sinfonia, Aldeburgh World Orchestra, Cambridge University Music Society and the OAE. He also conducted the Hallé orchestra in the 2011 BBC Proms. Operatic engagements include King Roger at the Bregenz Festival, Tannhäuser at the Opéra National de Paris, Billy Budd for Glyndebourne, Wonderful Town with the Hallé and several productions for Covent Garden, including The Tsar’s Bride, Fidelio and La bohème. In November 2011 he co-presented BBCTV’s four part series Symphony.

Sir Mark Elder was knighted in 2008 and awarded the CBE in 1989. In May 2006 he was named Conductor of the Year by the Royal Philharmonic Society. He received Gramophone Awards in 2009, 2010 and 2011 for his Hallé recordings of Götterdämmerung, The Dream of Gerontius, The Kingdom and Elgar’s Violin Concerto.

In April 2011, he took up the position of Artistic Director of Opera Rara, with whom he is planning several recording projects over the next 5 years He was appointed Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society in 2011.

“We all have music in us somewhere.  Future Talent aims to provide opportunities in music for all young people.  Where we find the talent we hope to provide the resources for it to be nurtured. What better way to involve young people in 21st Century Britain? We read almost on a daily basis that music is being neglected in our schools and that the opportunity for our children to experience top-quality music making is, at best, restricted.

Future Talent hopes that one day, it will be the norm for all children across the UK to have equal opportunities in music.  And that those who have the talent and wish to make a career in music will have been supported and encouraged by Future Talent.  This is why I endorse the work of Future Talent wholeheartedly and will follow the growth and development of this charity with interest and eager anticipation.” (Sir Mark Elder CBE)

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