New director appointed as Bradford on Avon's Wiltshire Music Centre founder steps down (From This Is Wiltshire)
New director appointed as Bradford on Avon's Wiltshire Music Centre founder steps down
Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon has bid farewell to its long-standing artistic director Keith Nimmo as he retires due to ill health.
Mr Nimmo, 65, pictured, of Westwood, took on the role when the centre opened in 1998 and during his time there he has built its reputation as a professional concert hall of exceptional quality rooted in community participation and involvement.
He said: “One of the things I am most proud of is having been able to support lots of young musicians at the beginning of their careers by giving them the opportunity to perform in a professional venue with a knowledgeable and supportive audience.”
Since the centre’s inception, he has programmed nearly 2,500 artists in almost 1,000 professional concerts.
He said: “We have seen the centre’s varied programme and audiences grow and grow. We’ve also seen young local musicians like Simon Marsh and Cordelia Williams develop their careers, and the Wiltshire Young Musicians and Wiltshire and Swindon Youth Orchestra go from strength to strength.
“The centre’s work with disabled young people has had an increasing impact, bringing the joy of music-making to a wider range and growing number of young people.”
James Slater, founder and current artistic director of the Mid Wales Chamber Orchestra and guest conductor for the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, took over the post this week.
He said: “I look forward to getting to know the audience and community, and to working with the team to develop the artistic and creative learning programmes.
“The centre has an outstanding reputation for artistic excellence and I’m hugely excited to have the opportunity to play my part in the next stage of its journey.”
Mr Nimmo said he looked forward to becoming a regular attendee and sharing more memorable concerts with the audience.
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