Kathryn McDowell is currently Director of the City of London Festival, and has held the posts of Chief Executive of the Wales Millennium Centre, Music Director of the Arts Council England, Development Manager of Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Deputy General Manager of the Ulster Orchestra. She succeeds Clive Gillinson, Managing Director of the LSO for the past 21 years and previously a member of the cello section of the Orchestra for 14 years. Clive Gillinson takes up his appointment as Executive Director and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall, New York in the summer of 2005.
Kathryn McDowell on her appointment has said: ìI am much looking forward to taking up post with the LSO after the 2005 City of London Festival. The challenge of the LSOís second century offers great opportunity to build on the Orchestraís excellence on the concert platform at home and abroad, to realise the vast potential of LSO Discovery and LSO St Lukeís and most of all, to continue to enrich peopleís lives through music. By working closely with the players, the staff, the artists and all the LSOís partners and supporters, I believe that we can build on the enormous achievements of recent years.î
Lennox Mackenzie, Chairman of the LSO, states: ìI speak for our whole Orchestra to welcome Kathryn McDowell as our Managing Director at this momentous time in our history. We are confident that she shares our values and our commitment to excellence and access in everything we do and we look forward enormously to working with her to achieve all our aspirations. Our appreciation of the inspirational vision and leadership of Clive Gillinson is boundless; he has launched us on a creative and exciting journey on which we are thrilled to build. We wish him every possible success in his new role at Carnegie Hallî
Clive Gillinson, current Managing Director of the LSO, comments: ìI am very proud of everything that all of us in the LSO have achieved together over the last 21 years, to define and make possible the inspirational role that an orchestra can play in peopleís lives in the world of the 21st century. There is no one I would rather see lead this wonderful orchestra into its second century than Kathryn McDowell. I am sure that she will help to ensure that its future is even more remarkable than its past has beenî
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