Michael Garvey is today announced as the Executive Director of the Benedetti Foundation (proposed charity name). Over the coming year, violinist Nicola Benedetti intends to formalise her vision and expand her commitment to the education of young people and the supporting of music teachers by establishing a charitable organisation and appointing Michael Garvey is the next step in realising this. He is currently Director of the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales and will take up the position in July.
In this new role, Garvey will support the final stages of the charity application process, refine key founding strategies and activities, implement best practices across all business areas and steer the organisation through its first years.
With more than 20 years of music industry experience in both the commercial and public sectors, Garvey will bring expertise in key areas including a deep understanding of the music education and orchestral sectors, leadership, strategic planning and fundraising.
During his time as Director of BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, Garvey has increased their partnership work and international touring including major tours to South America and China, celebrated the Orchestra’s 90th anniversary including the introduction of live streams and VR experiences, introduced relaxed performances and commissioned a wide range of new works for audiences across Wales and more widely on BBC Radio 3. He appointed Xian Zhang as Principal Guest Conductor, the first female conductor to have a titled position with a BBC orchestra, and was awarded the Juror’s Special Prize by the Institute of Directors in 2018. Before his time at the BBC, Garvey was Chief Executive of the Academy of Ancient Music, General Manager of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and previously worked at the Arts Council England and Classic FM.
Nicola Benedetti commented, ‘I am delighted that Michael has accepted the role of Executive Director and is joining us to help establish the Benedetti Foundation, and to steer the organisation through its inaugural years. Michael brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of both education and music sectors, as well as a shared belief and sense of urgency relating to the power of high quality music education. I cannot wait to work alongside such a fantastic team, and to realise our ambitions.’
Michael Garvey commented, ‘The future wellbeing, support and nurturing of our young people has never been more important and the provision of high quality music education has never been in greater jeopardy across the UK. Nicola Benedetti has selflessly recognised that her unique set of skills and experiences can be put to use to address these challenges. I am honoured that she’s chosen me to support her in this critical work and I look forward to the two of us working together to realise her bold ambitions.’
Violinist Nicola Benedetti is one of the world’s leading advocates for quality music education, the role of arts and culture in the wider community and the transformational effect it has on all young people. She has been committed to education projects since the age of 15 and in the past 12 months, Nicola has worked with over 2,000 students and 500 teachers. The Benedetti Foundation plans to focus on providing enrichment, inspiration and variation to the UK’s education system and communities. The ambition is to carry out a series of orchestra-based weekend workshops, designed to address, in equal part, the needs of young musicians and of teachers.