Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Announces Appointment of Mark Wigglesworth as New Principal Guest Conductor

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Benjamin Ealovega)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has announced the appointment of Mark Wigglesworth as its new Principal Guest Conductor.

Wigglesworth has performed with the world’s leading opera houses such as the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera House, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, and La Monnaie, among others. The conductor has also led orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, New York Philharmonic and Royal Concertgebouw.

“Mark’s reputation as a world-leading conductor in both the concert hall and opera house presents a great opportunity for the BSO and its audiences throughout the South West. Whilst the pandemic presented a variety of challenges, forging this close creative partnership has been wonderful — with a clear and evident rapport, together Mark and the Orchestra create music-making of the highest order. We can’t wait to get started,” said BSO’s Chief Executive Dougie Scarfe in an official press statement.

“I have so enjoyed working with the wonderful musicians of the Bournemouth Symphony and am delighted to be able to continue to do this on a more regular basis. The magnificent way the orchestra responded to the pandemic revealed very clearly to me the commitment the whole organization feels to its audience and to music itself. They kept music alive at a time when we all needed it most, and proved beyond doubt what a vital role music plays in helping us all stay connected, inspired, and hopeful,” noted Wigglesworth of his appointment.

Wigglesworth joins the orchestra during the 2021-22 season. His contract will be valid for a period of three years.