The Academy of St Martin in the Fields announces the appointment of Dr Tim Miller as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Alan Watt as CEO.
Dr Miller succeeds Paul Aylieff, who has completed a fixed-term tenure in the position. Alan Watt has been the Academy’s Interim CEO since September 2016, and succeeds Gabriel van Aalst who departed at the same time following his appointment with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. The appointment of Tim Miller and Alan Watt comes as the Academy looks ahead to its sixtieth anniversary in the 2018/19 season.
Dr Tim Miller comments: “I am delighted to be appointed Chairman of the Academy at this important time in the orchestra’s history. Over the last six decades, the Academy’s name has become synonymous with musical excellence and is now rightly regarded as one of Britain’s greatest cultural exports. With the Academy’s sixtieth anniversary rapidly approaching, I look forward to working closely with my fellow board members, the staff and musicians to ensure the orchestra’s continued success and to secure its future for many more decades to come.”
Alan Watt says: “Like so many people, Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields were my introduction to classical music and I am delighted to have joined the orchestra at this key time in its evolution. Last September, I had the privilege of spending a long lunch with Sir Neville and Lady Marriner discussing ideas and future plans for the Academy and I was impressed that even at 92 his vision for the orchestra was not stagnant but forward thinking and visionary. I now look forward to working with Joshua Bell, Murray Perahia, our new chairman and board, the great staff here and the very talented Academy musicians to ensure the orchestra continues to share great music and inspire and engage audiences around the world.”
Dr Tim Miller joins the Academy with thirty years’ experience in the Banking, Pharmaceuticals and Informational Technology industries. A highly knowledgeable and experienced Board level executive, he most prominently worked as the Director of Standard Chartered Bank from May 2000 until July 2014 where he was globally responsible for human resources, compliance, property, legal functions and audit assurance. His non-executive experience includes being Chairman of the Governing Body at the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London; Non-executive Director of Equiniti plc & Otis Gold Corporation and is a former Non-executive Director of Page Group plc, the global recruitment firm.
Prior to joining the Academy, Alan Watt worked as a consultant helping arts organisations and creative entrepreneurs with their strategic planning and fundraising. He was the Managing Director of City Music Foundation, worked as the Chief Strategy Adviser - Development, for the Budapest Festival Orchestra, and has held senior fundraising roles at the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Youth Orchestra. He also sang with the Opera Australia chorus performing at the Sydney Opera House. Alan has a music degree from the University of Melbourne and completed an MA in Cultural & Creative Industries at King’s College London in 2012.
The Academy are two-thirds of a way through a critically-acclaimed residency at the Barbican, with Principal Guest Conductor Murray Perahia play-directing a complete cycle of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos. The final concert of Romance No.2 in F major; Symphony No.1 in C major and the Piano Concerto No. 5 ‘Emperor’ is on Friday 7th April. The same cycle was performed to sold-out audiences in Munich in December 2015, and follows a European tour in 2016.