Music charity appoints chief executive

Seb Lovell-Huckle will join the English Symphony Orchestra from the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Seb Lovell-Huckle
Seb Lovell-Huckle

The English Symphony Orchestra has appointed its next chief executive.

Seb Lovell-Huckle is joining the charity from the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, where he had been executive director for three years.

He succeeds Andy Farquharson, who led the ESO between August 2020 and March 2022.

Farquharson is staying at the charity as orchestra operations manager.

Lovell-Huckle has previously worked at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the City of London Sinfonia. He is the chair of trustees at the Birmingham Conservation Trust.

He said he was excited about joining the charity “at a critical moment in its history”. 

Jonathan Godfrey, chair of the ESO, said: “I am delighted that someone of Seb’s proven experience and enthusiasm is joining the orchestra to lead us in meeting the challenges we face as we emerge from the impact of Covid-19. 

The charity had an income of £408,000 last year and spent £453,000, according to its latest filings with the Charity Commission.

Lovell-Huckle will take up his new role in August.

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