Handel and Haydn Society Artistic Director To Step Down

By Nicole Kuchta

The Handel and Haydn Society has also announced that its Artistic Director, Harry Christophers, will be stepping down following the 2020-21 season. The search is on for a successor.

His accomplishments with H+H are indeed many. Christophers hired more than 60 percent of the current roster of musicians, led H+H through its 2015 bicentennial, and has drawn much attention to the organization outside of Boston.

During his tenure, “subscriptions for the organization have risen by 70 percent, the organization’s endowment has grown from $3 million to $11 million and H+H is regarded as one of the finest Baroque and Classical ensembles in the nation.”

“I am a firm believer that arts organizations need to re-invent themselves every five to ten years,” Christophers noted in a press release accompanying the new season announcement.

“This is the time for a new interpretation on the inspirational music of the baroque and classical periods, a perfect opportunity to welcome a new Artistic Director who can build on the outstanding things we have made possible over the last decade.”