Brabbins is ENO’s new music director

Martyn Brabbins, music director of the Huddersfield Choral Society and a champion of British composers, has been appointed music director of English National Opera with immediate effect. 

Brabbins, 57, succeeds Mark Wigglesworth who resigned in March following disagreements on economising measures. 

Brought up in a Leicester council house Brabbins began his musical carer playing euphonium in a brass band. He studied at Goldsmiths and the Leningrad Conservatory and in 1988 won the Leeds Conducting Competition. He was chief conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic, Japan, until his ENO appointment and is a visiting professor at the Royal College of Music.

“With an orchestra and chorus of such exceptional calibre, and a musical legacy nurtured by the finest British conductors, from Reginald Goodall through to Mark Wigglesworth, I feel incredibly honoured to have been invited to join ENO and to become a part of this treasured British musical company: he said. “It is quite an act to follow, and in a tough financial climate, but I am determined that ENO will continue to produce stimulating operatic performances of the highest musical quality at the London Coliseum."

Daniel Kramer, ENO’s artistic director, said of Brabbins: “He is an inspirational conductor and leader, and I am looking forward to collaborating with him immensely. His most recent work with ENO, conducting Vaughan Williams’s A Pilgrim’s Progress in 2012, was fantastically received and he is highly respected by both musicians and the company. His experience and expertise, particularly in new and contemporary repertoire, will allow us to continue to develop the exceptional music-making for which ENO is known.”

Picture credit Benjamin Ealovega.


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