Edward Gardner heads to Birmingham

British conductor to take principal guest post from 2011


Edward Gardner, music director of English National Opera, has been appointed principal guest conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. The 35 year-old will take up the baton in September 2011, conducting three to four weeks of concerts each season until 2014.


Gardner has been a regular with the Birmingham ensemble since 2004, after making his debut with an all-Mozart programme. At that time, he’d just finished a three-year stint as Sir Mark Elder’s assistant at the Hallé; since then he’s been credited with helping turn round the fortunes of the previously ailing English National Opera. Gardner will join Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons at the CBSO – the 31 year-old has been at the helm for the past two years, earning warm reviews.


‘Growing up as I did in Gloucester, the first orchestra I heard was the CBSO who performed regularly at the Cheltenham Town Hall,’ says Gardner. ‘It’s wonderful now to have this relationship.’