Sally Groves, London creative director of Schott Music, is to retire at the end of June 2014. Her successor has been announced as Sam Rigby, currently associate director, artist management at Intermusica.
Rigby will join Schott from January 2014 as creative director designate for a six-month handover period.
Groves will have been with Schott for 40 years when she retires next year. As creative director of the London branch of Schott she has been responsible for the publisher’s ‘Music of Our Time’ catalogue.
She has also held a number of other positions in the British classical music industry, including serving as chair of the trustees of the British Music Information Centre and becoming one of the founder directors of its successor, Sound and Music; as a director of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; on the executive committee of the Society for the Promotion of New Music; as a director of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; and as a governor of the Royal Northern College of Music.
Rigby’s clients at Intermusic currently include conductors Simon Halsey and Vassily Sinaisky, pianists Francesco Piemontesi and Daniil Trifonov, violinists Renaud Capuçon and Midori, and the Pavel Haas Quartet.
Groves said in a statement: ‘I am so very happy and proud that Sam has agreed to join the international publishing team here at Schott. Promoting, supporting and protecting classical music in all its extraordinary richness is a lifetime’s work and needs strong vision and a collaborative approach. I am fully confident that Sam is the right person to take our work here forward.’
Sam Rigby said: ‘After ten extremely happy and fulfilling years managing artists and projects at Intermusica, I am excited to make this new step to become Creative Director Designate at Schott Music Ltd. I have always enjoyed collaborating with Schott’s superb team of staff around the world and its exceptional list of composers, so I am very much looking forward to beginning my work with them. I am most thankful to Dr Peter Hanser-Strecker, Sally Groves, Judith Webb, Christiane Krautscheid and Bernhard Pfau at Schott, and to Stephen Lumsden and Bridget Emmerson at Intermusica for making this possible.’
Dr Peter Hanser-Strecker, chair of the Schott Music Group, said: ‘We are sad to be losing Sally from our Schott family after such a long and fruitful time, but we are absolutely delighted to welcome Sam and look forward to many years working with him.’