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Our Artistic Future with Douglas Boyd, the Philharmonia and The English Concert

Douglas Boyd, the Philharmonia Orchestra and The English Concert continue their partnerships with Garsington Opera

Garsington Opera is delighted to announce that Artistic Director Douglas Boyd has agreed to extend his contract. Dougie’s creative vision and leadership over the last 10 years has led to the acclaimed artistic development and growth of the company. Central to this artistic growth has been the partnerships with two exceptional orchestras, the Philharmonia Orchestra and The English Concert, whose contracts have also been extended for the next 5 years.

Douglas Boyd said: “I am so fortunate to work with the amazingly dedicated group of people who make up Garsington Opera. It will be an honour to continue to be part of the leadership team for the next 5 years. We have achieved so much over the last decade, and it has truly been a team effort. Not least has been the partnership with two of the finest orchestras in the world, the Philharmonia and The English Concert, and I am delighted that they will be central to our artistic goals well into the future. Meanwhile, 2024 is a seminal moment for GO with the opening of Garsington Studios, which will create life changing opportunities for generations to come and provide us with the artistic environment to create world class opera”.

Alfonso Leal del Ojo, Chief Executive of The English Concert, said:

“We at The English Concert are delighted to continue our partnership with Garsington Opera. This collaboration consistently inspires our best work and has allowed us to present exceptional opera with phenomenal singers and conductors. We look forward to future stunning productions in the breath-taking setting of the Wormsley estate.”

The Philharmonia’s Chief Executive, Thorben Dittes said:

“I am thrilled that we have been able to extend the partnership between the Philharmonia and Garsington Opera for another 5 years. The orchestra relish performing opera in this unique setting throughout each summer season, and I look forward to growing and deepening our community, and learning and engagement activity, which the new Garsington Studios will make possible. The relationship with our colleagues at Garsington Opera, led by Dougie Boyd and Nicky Creed, goes from strength to strength and I can’t wait to see what further exciting projects we will develop over the coming years.”

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