Simon Webb, who has been the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s director of orchestral management since 2008, will be joining the BBC Philharmonic as its new general manager in March 2014. He will be replacing Richard Wigley, who has held the post for ten years.
‘I am delighted to be joining the BBC Philharmonic, an orchestra I have admired for some time and enjoyed hearing in Manchester and Sheffield in recent years,’ said Webb. ‘I am looking forward to continuing the impressive work of my predecessor, Richard Wigley, in developing the orchestra’s work across the region and particularly in its home city of Salford.
‘The BBC Philharmonic has an important role to play within the BBC and on the international stage as one of the UK’s finest symphony orchestras; I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Juanjo Mena and this excellent orchestra.’
Webb trained as a cellist and played with the London Philharmonic Orchestra for nearly a decade before beginning his arts administration career at Sheffield’s Music in the Round in 2005.
Roger Wright, controller of Radio 3 and director of the Proms, said: ‘I’m delighted to welcome Simon to the BBC Philharmonic and the wider BBC performing group family. The orchestra is an integral part of BBC Radio 3 with many concerts broadcast live to our audiences in the UK and internationally. I’m looking forward to working with Simon across the BBC Philharmonic’s output including the orchestra’s regular appearances at the BBC Proms.’
Juanjo Mena, chief conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, commented: ‘I am so pleased to be working with Simon on new artistic ventures for the BBC Philharmonic. With his background as an orchestral player he truly understands the stimulation and challenges of orchestral life and I look forward to working together in this exciting next stage of the orchestra’s life.’