Roger Wright Director of the BBC Proms and BBC Radio 3 Controller is to depart the beeb.

Wright is to take up the position of Chief Executive at Aldeburgh Music. He will start his new role in early September. The 57-year-old has been Controller of Radio 3 since 1998 and Director of the BBC Proms since 2007.

“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.” – Roger Wright

Roger began his professional life in 1978 at the British Music Information Centre and also worked as a freelance writer and broadcaster with specialist knowledge of British 20th century music. He was then appointed Senior Producer at the BBC Symphony Orchestra before becoming Artistic Administrator of The Cleveland Orchestra in 1989. Three years later, he moved to Hamburg to take the post of Vice President, Artists and Repertoire, at Deutsche Grammophon, before returning to the BBC in 1998.

 “Over the last 15 years Roger has made a huge contribution to the BBC, through the success of both Radio 3 and 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.” – Tony Hall, BBC Director-General

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