Edward Gardner: Principal Conductor

Edward Gardner: Our new Principal Conductor

The arrival of a new Principal Conductor is a big moment in the life of any orchestra. And coming out of the year we’ve just had, Edward Gardner’s first season directing the LPO is a landmark in every sense. ‘I’m thrilled to have been appointed Principal Conductor’, he says. ‘I worked with the Orchestra early in my career and I was quite overwhelmed by the brilliance and virtuosity of the musicians.’

Gardner’s first season takes that energy and runs with it. He’s opening with a real statement of intent: Tippett’s opera The Midsummer Marriage is a celebration of hope and renewal – a real starburst of optimism. To make it even more of a celebration, Gardner has invited his old colleagues from across the river at the Coliseum, the Chorus of English National Opera.

That’s just the start of a season filled with old friends and new. Gardner conducts contemporary music from the USA, a tribute to Oliver Knussen, freshly-minted masterpieces from Composer-in- Residence Brett Dean, and collaborations with Bryn Terfel and Sheku Kanneh-Mason. Plus, of course, the landmarks of the symphonic repertoire, from Berlioz to Mahler. ‘I’ve relished the passion and hunger the LPO brings to performance’, says Gardner: things are about to get exciting.