Friends and players mingled in the Dome’s Mezzanine Bar after the final concert of the season to hear the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Councillor Brian Fitch, and our Chairman Nicolas Chisholm, MBE, pay tribute to Barry Wordsworth for his 26 years’ service to the BPO as Music Director and Principal Conductor. By happy co-incidence the Mayor was elected to his first term of office in 1989, in the same year as Barry joined the BPO. Generous donations from Friends and players resulted in Barry being presented with his very own framed blue plaque commemorating his MD/PC role with the Brighton Phil, a bottle of champagne and a cheque for over £1,000.
Barry has now become the BPO’s first Conductor Laureate and in a short speech of thanks he stressed that recent reports in the local press suggesting he was retiring had been grossly exaggerated – he is in fact conducting six of the eight BPO concerts next season, and fully intends to continue to conduct two or three concerts each season after that.
The BPO are most grateful to Mr & Mrs Pelling for kindly sponsoring this reception.
Earlier in the day there had been a presentation on stage at the end of the rehearsal by Trevor & Ruby Bolton, who presented Barry with a copy of his own “Book”, recording his career with the BPO, followed by a speech by Ronald Power, MBE, Chairman of the Board in 1989 and champion of Barry Wordsworth’s appointment at the time.