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It is with great, great pleasure that we can announce that our friend and expert in French Baroque, William Christie, will be officially joining us in the role of Emeritus Conductor. He’s in good company – the title is also held by Sir Roger Norrington and previous Emeritus Conductors have included the immensely talented Frans Brüggen and Sir Charles Mackerras.
We first worked with William back in 1996, when he conducted a landmark, breakthrough production of Handel’s Theodora at Glyndebourne. There have been many stand-out moments since then, and his appointment reflects the mutual respect that has developed over the years.
He had this to say:
This appointment comes as a lovely present and confirms years of extremely happy work with the Orchestra. The OAE has a strong personality; one of the first things any guest conductor recognises is the extraordinary individuality of members both old and new, and the considered, intelligent thinking, which makes up the marvellous entity which is the OAE.
Thanks William, we’ll be seeing you very soon (hint: keep your eyes peeled for news of our 2016–2017 season).