Towards the end of last season Ian Brignall’s job title changed from Concert Manager to Artistic Administrator. The Board felt this would more accurately reflect the amount of work he undertakes on behalf of the orchestra contracting guest artists, and that it would assist him in his negotiations with their agents. We are extremely lucky that Ian has many contacts within the industry, and the Brighton Phil benefits greatly from this in terms of the high calibre of soloists and guest conductors we are able to attract within our limited concert budget.
Writing about his role Ian says:
“Programming the season with Barry Wordsworth is a significant part of the position, and as we only have eight concerts it is essential that we offer our listening public a varied and interesting series. Working to a budget which seems to shrink every season is always a challenge, and I am hugely grateful to the artists who come to Brighton to perform with us. It is brilliant when an artist comes to perform with us at the Dome for the first time and generates so much positive energy and enjoyment for everyone on a Sunday afternoon.
I am lucky to have many of these artists as friends, some from my time as a professional player, many more from my time as an Orchestra Manager, and it is a great privilege working with them to create a programme and then be able to listen to it as it is rehearsed and performed.
I often head off to concerts to see artists for possible inclusion in our concerts, and I listen to a great deal of music, both live and on CD, to find new and exciting works, some of which are not performed that often, but also to make sure that everyone’s favourite pieces are programmed – but not too often! With so much fantastic music to choose from it is always sad to have to say that a piece will have to wait until another season.
Finally I’d like to say a big thank you to all the sponsors who over many years have sponsored concerts and artists, which in the end makes my job that little bit easier.”
Ian Brignall (Artistic Administrator)