London Philharmonic Orchestra Announces New Chief Executive As Timothy Walker Retires

By David Salazar
(Photo Source: Official Facebook)

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has announced that David Burke will become its next Chief Executive, taking over for Timothy Walker, who is retiring. 

Walker was the company’s Chief Executive and Artistic Director, but the organization is now opting for a division of the roles with Burke taking on the former; an Artistic Director will be named at a later time. Walker had reportedly told the Board that he would be stepping down from Chief Executive and would continue to lead the Orchestra as Artistic Director; however he has decided that he wants to retire for personal and private reasons starting on June 3, 2020. 

Burke is currently the Orchestra’s General Manager and Finance Director and, per a press release, he has delivered and written the organization’s last three business plans. 

“I am honored to become Chief Executive of the London Philharmonic Orchestra,” Burke stated in the press release. “It has been my pleasure to get to know this amazingly talented group of musicians and staff over the last decade. I care deeply about sharing their brilliance with as wide an audience as possible. I also want to pass on my personal thanks to Tim. The orchestra is in such a great place due to the care and commitment he has shown throughout his time with us.

”With so much good work being created by the LPO in concert halls, in the community and digitally, I’m excited to build on the work already done to further inspire both audiences and future musicians.”