It is one thing to raise the fortunes of an established orchestra, quite another to lead a fledging ensemble through its formative years to international prominence. John Harte was never likely to be deterred by the familiar old chorus of ‘It’s doomed – forget it!’ or mistake ‘difficult’ as a synonym for ‘impossible’. Before becoming chief executive of Aurora Orchestra in 2009, he made a genuine difference to the musical and wider world by taking professional musicians to the West Bank, creating education projects in the Palestinian Territories and establishing an annual bursary scheme for Palestinian instrumentalists. Aurora, founded a decade ago, was already making waves with critics and audiences when Harte arrived in post. But it surged ahead thanks not least to his focused energy, limitless determination and ability to turn vision in reality.