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We are delighted to announce Lord Hall of Birkenhead as our new Chair of the Board.

Tony Hall - Lord Hall of Birkenhead – has held many roles in the sector, including Director General of the BBC, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, and Managing Director, BBC News and Current Affairs.

He is also Chairman of the social work charity Frontline and is a crossbench member of the House of Lords. Tony was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2006 New Year Honours for services to Opera and Ballet.

Headshot of Lord Tony Hall

“I am thrilled to be taking on the role of Chair of the CBSO. It’s an amazing world-class orchestra doing incredible work in a city I’ve known since I was at school there. I’ve always believed that everyone should have access to the best - and I can see that’s what motivates the CBSO too. The school set-up in partnership with Shireland Collegiate Academy in Sandwell shows that the orchestra is doing truly groundbreaking work. I know - together - there’s so much more we can do to bring the best music to everyone in Birmingham, the West Midlands and beyond.”

Lord Tony Hall

Tony succeeds David Burbidge CBE who stands down after completing his successful five-year term of office.

“It has been a privilege to have been Chair of the CBSO for five years. I have seen many wonderful concerts performed by our world-class orchestra in Birmingham and elsewhere in the UK, as well as joining the orchestra on several overseas tours including trips to Carnegie Hall and the Berlin Philharmonie. I have also seen the superb work bringing music into the lives of thousands of young people and we have now opened the ground-breaking Shireland CBSO Academy in the Black Country. Despite the problems of Covid, I leave the orchestra in good shape for the challenges and opportunities ahead and in very good hands under the leadership of our new CEO Emma Stenning and my immensely experienced successor, Tony Hall.”

David Burbidge CBE

Tony’s appointment completes the triumvirate of new leadership, following appointments of both Kazuki Yamada and Emma Stenning in April this year.

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