The Philharmonia Orchestra has appointed its Chairman, joint-Principal Trumpet Alistair Mackie, as Interim Managing Director. Mackie will take up the post in September 2016 when current Managing Director David Whelton retires.
Alistair Mackie will head the administration of the Orchestra, supported by the Philharmonia’s senior management team, until a new Chief Executive is appointed, the recruitment process for which is ongoing.
Esa-Pekka Salonen, Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Philharmonia, will work closely with the Interim Managing Director on forward planning of the Orchestra’s London season and international touring programme. Salonen, who was appointed Principal Conductor in 2008, recently extended his contract, to the end of the 2017/18 season.
The Philharmonia is a self-governing Orchestra, owned by its members. Alistair Mackie has been a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra for 20 years. He was Chairman for two terms from 2005 to 2011, and was elected to the position again in January 2016. For the period in which Mackie is Interim Managing Director, No. 2 Horn Kira Doherty will take up the position of Chair of the Philharmonia Orchestra.