City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra CEO Steps Down

By Francisco Salazar

Stephen Maddock, CEO of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, will step down from his position.

He will depart in April of 2023 after serving the orchestra for 23 years and will become the Principal of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

During his time with the organization, Maddock was responsible for all CBSO’s activities and choruses, as well as its youth orchestra, learning program, and administrative and rehearsal home.

Under his leadership, the CBSO did 77 tours in 34 countries and launched initiatives including the SO Vocal, a free community choir that encourages music participation among local people of all ages.

In a statement, David Burbidge CBE, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said “We have an enormous debt to Stephen for his outstanding leadership of the CBSO over many years and we are sorry to lose him. During his time at the CBSO, the orchestra has enhanced its position as being among the very best in the world.”

Meanwhile, Maddock said it was “an immense privilege” to work with the orchestra and added, “I am very proud of everything that the CBSO family has achieved during this time and will watch with interest as they continue to develop and inspire people with great music in the coming years.”