Stephen Newbould, Artistic Director of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Jackie Newbould, the ensemble’s Executive Producer, will stand stand down from their roles at the end of BCMG’s 2015/16 season (in summer 2016).
Stephen helped launch BCMG in 1987 and became the ensemble’s Artistic Director in 2001. Jackie was also a founding member of the BCMG team, and has overseen BCMG productions and management from the beginning as its first Administrator, then as General Manager and most recently, as Executive Producer.
Stephen Newbould comments:
“By summer 2016, Jackie and I will have led the BCMG team for 15 years, having been part of this exhilarating enterprise for over 25, and the time feels right to pass on our respective batons. We told the Board of our decision last summer. It has been a privilege and joy working with BCMG’s passionate, committed musicians and with so many wonderful composers and artists, bringing new music to our ever-enquiring audiences. Though it will be a huge wrench to leave our remarkable colleagues, as we move on to our next challenge we will be excited to watch the future development of a company we love and admire.”
Jackie Newbould comments:
“As the years have raced by, I have become joyfully aware that this must be one of the best arts jobs in the country and I am lucky not only to have had it, but to have had so much fun and so many invigorating experiences in doing it. It’s an immense privilege to have been part of BCMG, working with such treasured performing artists, composers, management, board and audiences since the Group’s beginnings. I am looking forward to our final season with relish and celebration, and then to the leap onto the next mountain for another view.”
Stephen Saltaire, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group Chair says:
“We are hugely indebted to Stephen and Jackie, who together have guided BCMG for over two decades, and have given so much of themselves to the ensemble, composers and musicians. From modest beginnings, the ensemble has become a leading voice for contemporary music both in the UK and internationally, and a jewel in the artistic crown of Birmingham. Their astute management means that they will leave BCMG on a sound financial footing, and on an artistic high, fittingly at the end of a season that features more world and UK premieres than ever before.
“For Stephen and Jackie, it is always about the composers, artists, audiences and, most importantly, the music; the extraordinary catalogue of 103 pieces commissioned and premiered during their tenure is the best testament to the warmth with which they are held at BCMG and throughout the contemporary music world. Whilst all at BCMG will be sad to see them depart in Summer 2016, we will look forward to celebrating their achievements during the coming season in the way that I know they would like most – through the music.”
Composer and BCMG Artist in Association, Oliver Knussen, comments:
“My relationship with Jackie, Stephen and BCMG during the past decade has been one of the very happiest associations of my life, both professional and personal. Looking back over my log-book for those years, I notice that we have covered a frighteningly wide range of repertory, and that every one of those concerts and recordings evokes memories of satisfying performances and marvellous times spent together. It is almost a surprise to remember that these happy memories also represent a lot of hard work, and this I attribute to the extraordinary personal care, consideration and attention to detail which have been the hallmark of Jackie and Stephen's time at the helm of this wonderful group, and also a sense that BCMG has evolved into a still more remarkably responsive and flexible ensemble during their stewardship.”
A recruitment process for Stephen and Jackie’s successors is underway.