Britten Sinfonia has appointed Jacqueline Shave as its new Leader with effect from the start of the 2005/2006 season. David Butcher, Britten Sinfoniaís Chief Executive comments:
ìJacqueline has led and directed the orchestra on a number of occasions over the past year and from the very first concert she directed in Stuttgart, there was an instant musical rapport which has resulted in some inspired performances. These performances, her musical versatility and chamber music credentials have made this appointment an easy choice for Britten Sinfonia, an orchestra made up of the cream of British chamber musicians. We are so pleased she has chosen to work with us on a more permanent footing and look forward to working with Jacqueline over the coming seasons.î
Jacqueline Shave comments:
ìI am thrilled to be working with Britten Sinfonia. The energy and enthusiasm of the musicians and management is infectious, the programming is brilliant,and, above all, everyone acutely listens to one another whilst playing which creates a special musical flexibility and a unique spirit in performance. I am really looking forward to it.î
Although Jacqueline Shave received her formal training at the Royal Academy of Music in London it was at the Britten-Pears School at Snape in Suffolk where she developed her love of chamber music and performance inspiration. Over the years in beautiful surroundings she worked closely with many great artists including the Beaux Arts Trio, Prague, La Salle and Vermeer Quartets, and led the Britten-Pears Orchestra under Rostropovich, Lutoslawski and Murray Perahia.
Since then Jacqueline has dedicated most of her time to chamber music, leading the Brindisi Quartet for fifteen years and the Schubert Ensemble from 1989-94. With these groups she performed the core repertoire and many new commissions worldwide as well as producing CDs and broadcasting frequently on BBC Radio 3.
Jacqueline has appeared as guest leader of the Fibonacci Sequence, Nash Ensemble, London Sinfonietta and Britten Sinfonia. She plays an Italian Dalla Costa violin dated 1752.

Michael Cox has been appointed Britten Sinfoniaís Principal Flute. Currently Professor of flute at the Royal Academy of Music, he has performed regularly as a soloist at the principal London venues and played with many of the countryís major orchestras, including the Philharmonia, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Chamber orchestra and the London Mozart Players. He is also currently principal flute with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. David Butcher comments:
ìBritten Sinfoniaís wind section has always featured the countryís finest wind players. Michaelís arrival continues the tradition for superlative wind playing and his presence will add greatly to the musical experience of the whole orchestra.î
Chamber music is another great love and Michael performs as guest soloist with many well known British groups including the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and the Chilingirian Quartet; his busy schedule also includes regular recitals and concerts throughout Europe as well as radio and television performances in Africa and America.
Britten Sinfoniaís 2005/2006 opens on Sunday 25 September at the Cambridge Corn Exchange with a concert conducted by James MacMillan which features the UK premiere of Sally Beamishís Trance O Night, with soloist Evelyn Glennie. Full details at


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