Birmingham Royal Ballet appoint Barry Wordsworth Music Diretor Laureate

November 29, 2011

Press Releases

Barry Wordsworth APPOINTED the title of Music Director Laureate of Birmingham Royal Ballet 

Birmingham Royal Ballet is pleased to announce the appointment of Barry Wordsworth to the role of Music Director Laureate from immediate effect.

Wordsworth, Music Director of The Royal Ballet, has also enjoyed an extensive association with Birmingham Royal Ballet, the UK’s leading touring ballet company.  It is almost 40 years since he joined the conducting staff of the then Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet (now Birmingham Royal Ballet) and since 1972 he has been influential in bringing the greatest of ballet scores to audiences around the world.   Wordsworth’s long relationship with both The Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet, alongside an illustrious concert career, has made him one of the most notable Music Directors working in the ballet arena today.

Wordsworth said of the announcement: I am delighted to accept the title of Music Director Laureate of Birmingham Royal Ballet.  It is an honour and pleasure to have such a title.

David Bintley Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Director said: I am pleased to announce that Barry Wordsworth, our former Music Director, has accepted the role of Music Director Laureate – we are delighted that Barry, whose contribution to dance in Birmingham and beyond is significant, remains strongly linked to the Company.

Wordsworth is Music Director of The Royal Ballet having also previously held the position from 1990-95.  In 2006 he became Conductor Laureate of the BBC Concert Orchestra, having served as its Principal Conductor since 1989.  He is also Principal Conductor of the Brighton Philharmonic.  Wordsworth has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras both in the UK and overseas, including the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Sydney Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, and the Seoul Philharmonic.  He has made regular appearances at the BBC Proms with the BBC Concert Orchestra, and in 1993 he conducted the “Last Night of the Proms” with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.  As Principal Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra for 17 years, he toured extensively with the orchestra, including visits to Japan and the United States.



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