Pickard to leave Proms
David Pickard is to step down as director of the BBC Proms after nine years. He will leave next October after the end of the 2024 festival.
Pickard had been general director at Glyndebourne for 14 years and CEO of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment before that when he succeeded Roger Wright as Proms director. During his time there he has expanded the breadth of the Proms to reach new audiences across the UK and increasied the diversity of artists, composers and collaborators. Among those who made their Proms debuts under Pickard’s aegis are the cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the soprano Lise Davidsen and the Sinfonia of London.
“By the end of next summer I will have planned and delivered nine Proms seasons and it feels like the right time to move on and explore new projects” Pickard said. “After the critical and box office success of the 2023 Proms, I look forward to delivering one more season in 2024.”