The BBC National Orchestra of Wales today announced the Swiss conductor, Thierry Fischer as its new Principal Conductor. Making the announcement, BBC NOWís director David Murray said: " We look forward with keen anticipation to Thierry Fischer taking up the reins as Principal Conductor in September 2006. Following four years of successful concert-giving with BBC NOW, Thierryís new role with the Orchestra will bring with it an energy and repertoire which I'm sure will intrigue and delight our audiences in Wales and beyond, both in concert halls and on air on Radio Three. I am confident that Thierry will develop BBC NOW anew, building on Richard Hickoxís impressive achievements.î
The announcement has been particularly welcomed by Lesley Hatfield, who was appointed leader of BBC National Orchestra of Wales at the beginning of 2004. Lesley Hatfield came to BBC NOW from the Ulster Orchestra of which Thierry Fischer has been Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor since 2001. On hearing the news she commented: ìThis is a very exciting appointment for the Orchestra. Thierry Fischer is a fine musician with a sensitive ear for orchestral sound and his performances are full of energy and styleî.
Current Principal Conductor Richard Hickox - whose appointment as Music Director of Opera Australia begins this January - will hold the two positions concurrently until September 2006. On behalf of the Orchestra, David Murray commented: "Richard Hickox has made a substantial contribution to every aspect of the life of BBC NOW during his tenure as Principal Conductor. He has achieved much with us but there is plenty still to come and many exciting projects will come to fruition during the final two years of his leadership. In recognition of the high artistic goals he has set and pursued with the Orchestra and of the ongoing commitment of both Richard and BBC NOW, it is with great pleasure that we welcome the continuation of his relationship with us in the role of Conductor Emeritus from September 2006."


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