Jirí Belohlávek Named to Head BBCSO

‘I’m here to raise the standard’
[Daily Telegraph] (Filed: 02/02/2005)
Jirí Belohlávek’s appointment to lead the BBCSO will restore the orchestra’s high profile, says Geoffrey Norris
The BBC Symphony Orchestra confirmed yesterday that its new chief conductor from the first night of the 2006 Proms will be the Czech maestro Jirí Belohlávek. It was known two and a half years ago that Leonard Slatkin would be standing down from the job at the end of last season’s Proms, so the announcement about his successor has been a long time coming, but the welcome news of Belohlávek’s appointment is not a surprise. I floated him as the most likely choice in an article on these pages back in July last year. It was a hunch, but one based on a reasoned study of the form book, since he seemed to have precisely the qualities that the BBC should be looking for.
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