“A star Scottish trumpeter is to be the new chief executive of the country’s national orchestra,” the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, writes Phil Miller in Wednesday’s (12/19) Herald (Glasgow, Scotland). “Alistair Mackie, who has been principal trumpet with the London Sinfonietta, and a professor teaching the instrument at the Royal College of Music, is to take up the role in April next year…. Mr. Mackie will join the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) from the London Philharmonia, where he has been joint principal trumpet as well [as], for a time, interim managing director…. The RSNO’s 2018/19 season is the first for Thomas Søndergård as music director and Elim Chan as principal guest conductor.” Mackie said he was “honored and excited to be taking up the position of Chief Executive with the RSNO. The first orchestral concert I ever attended was a performance of The Planets at the Kelvin Hall with the Scottish National Orchestra, and throughout my teenage years I was repeatedly inspired by the unique energy and musicality of this amazing ensemble…. As the RSNO begins the next phase of its life with new music director Thomas Søndergård, I believe there are unparalleled opportunities for this outstanding ensemble.”

Posted December 20, 2018