Wednesday 2 March 2022

Local boy, Peter Selwyn, announced as the new principal conductor of the Lambeth Orchestra

Peter Selwyn
Peter Selwyn

One of my local orchestras, the Lambeth Orchestra, is celebrating its 50th anniversary and will shortly be announcing its celebratory 2022/23 season. The orchestra, founded in 1972 and under the direction of Dr Christopher Fifield since 1982, is one of London's foremost amateur orchestras. But besides all this, there is other big news. Peter Selwyn has been appointed the orchestra's new principal conductor and he conducts the orchestra on 9 April 2022 in a programme that includes Dvorak's Symphonic Variations and RVW's A London Symphony and music by Ravel at All Saints' Church, West Dulwich.

Peter Selwyn is a local boy and first heard the orchestra when he attended concerts with his parents. He has since gone on to be Kapellmeister and Head of Music at the Staatstheater Nürnberg as well as included three seasons at Bayreuth as assistant to Adam Fischer and Giuseppe Sinopoli. Most recently we heard Peter Selwyn conducting Wagner's Die Walküre at Hackney Empire in Julia Burbach's production for Arcola Theatre's Grimeborn Festival (see my review). And Peter Selwyn will be conducting the next instalment of the cycle, Siegfried, this August. And in October he will be conducting Wagner's Tristan und Isolde with the London Opera Company. Further details from his website.

The orchestra is also appointing Michael Cobb as principal guest conductor.

Full details from the orchestra's website.

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