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Roger Wright to leave BBC Radio 3

By | Published on Tuesday 25 March 2014

Roger Wright

Controller of BBC Radio 3 and Director of the BBC Proms, Roger Wright has announced that he will step down from both roles, after almost fifteen years with the Corporation, in September to take up the position of Chief Executive of Aldeburgh Music.

BBC Director General Tony Hall said of Wright: “Over the last fifteen years Roger has made a huge contribution to the BBC, through the success of both Radio 3 and [his] seven seasons of the Proms. He has been a fantastic champion of classical music across the BBC and has raised the profile of the Proms every year. We wish him well at Aldeburgh Music and will be looking to build on his achievements at Radio 3 and the Proms”.

Wright himself added: “I am honoured to have been invited to lead Aldeburgh Music at such an exciting time in its development. However, I am sorry to be leaving the BBC, having enjoyed such a long and fulfilling period at Radio 3 and the BBC Proms, and with the arts due to be such a key part of its immediate future under Tony Hall’s leadership. I am fortunate indeed to have been able to work with fantastically creative and hard-working colleagues”.

Co-founded by composers Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears with opera director Eric Crozier in 1947, Aldeburgh Music’s central project is the annual Aldeburgh Festival. It also runs various other events and artist development programmes. Wright is replacing Jonathan Reekie, who announced his departure to become Director of Somerset House in December.

Recruitment to replace Roger Wright is due to begin shortly. If you want to brush up on what tasks his roles include, then you should have a read of the interview he did with CMU last summer.