Excellent news just in from the press office at Town hall and Symphony Hall in Birmingham. Richard Hawley, previously director of the Lichfield Festival and orchestra manager of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, is to take over the programming role recently vacated by Paul Keene.
I worked with Richard during his time at the Lichfield Festival so know he has great ears and great taste as well as an adventurous disposition. He not only brought the great double bass player François Rabbath and the amazing duduk player Djivan Gasparyan to Lichfield, he also persuaded composer Philip Glass and former Deep Purple organist Jon Lord to play concerts in Lichfield Cathedral. So, I reckon we can expect some really good stuff at the two premier venues in the months and years to come.
Richard is also as committed to Birmingham as he is to his Australia Day barbie. He is not from Sheffield and has never played with Pulp.
Here is the full release from THSH:
Town Hall and Symphony Hall Birmingham (THSH) are delighted to announce the appointment of Richard Hawley as Director of Artistic Programming and Projects. He will take up his new position on 12 November 2012.
On the announcement of Richard’s appointment, Andrew Jowett OBE, Director of Town Hall and Symphony Hall, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to appoint Richard to this key role within THSH. He brings with him a range of experience which will enable us to build upon the tremendous work done by his predecessor Paul Keene and ensure that the programme of concerts and events staged at our two world class halls continues to place Birmingham at the forefront of music making and upholds our vision of connecting people to music. Richard will also be responsible for overseeing our Education and Community policy, an integral element of our future development.”
Richard Hawley said about the appointment: “I am thrilled to be joining Town Hall and Symphony Hall at this exciting time and I am very much looking forward to working with artists and audiences alike to further develop the vital contribution these two wonderful venues make to Birmingham’s cultural life.”
Richard was born and educated in Brisbane, Australia, where he held a number of positions in the arts before moving to the UK. His first appointment in the UK was as Orchestra Manager for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, resident at Symphony Hall. Richard then went on to hold the position of Festival Director at the Lichfield Festival. He is a Fellow of the CLORE Leadership Programme and is a resident of Birmingham.
He is currently Director of Arts Administration (Maternity cover) at London’s Southbank Centre.