Alexis Paterson appointed as chief executive of Three Choirs Festival

Alexis Paterson photographed in Gloucester Cathedral cloisters 

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The Three Choirs Festival Association has appointed Alexis Paterson as its new chief executive, in succession to Dominic Jewel who will leave in December to become managing director of the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain.

Alexis joins the Three Choirs Festival from Cheltenham Festivals, where she has been manager of the Music Festival since January 2011, working alongside director Meurig Bowen to deliver all aspects of the past five editions. Her previous experience includes working on the concert management team of Presteigne Festival and for the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as an education assistant and as coordinator of the orchestra’s contemporary music ensemble Kokoro. Immediately prior to arriving in Cheltenham, she combined freelance work with part time teaching at the universities of Cardiff and Salford. Her undergraduate degree at Exeter University was in Music with Mathematics and her PhD from Cardiff University is in Musicology.

‘I’m delighted to be taking on this role with such a prestigious organisation – it’s not often that you get to say you’re looking forward to seeing a festival flourish as it enters its fourth century!’ she said. ‘I want to make sure that people far and wide continue to regard the Three Choirs Festival to be as important, as inspiring and as relevant as ever. With a growing body of evidence showing the social, mental and physical health benefits of singing in a choir, there has never been a better time to dedicate ourselves to fostering the audiences and music-makers of the future and nurturing and valuing those we already have.'

Commenting on the appointment, Dr Timothy Brain, chairman of the Three Choirs Festival, said: ‘From a very strong field of candidates, Alexis Paterson impressed us with her wide experience of festival management, her business skills, the breadth and depth of her musical knowledge and her enthusiasm for the arts and for bringing the festival experience into the community. I am delighted that we are appointing her to lead the administration of the Three Choirs Festival and look forward to working with her when she takes up the post in the New Year.’ 

Meurig Bowen, director of Cheltenham Music Festival, said: ‘I am absolutely delighted for Alexis. In a team of only two delivering the Cheltenham Music Festival full-time, she has been an invaluable colleague for five years. Alexis should be particularly proud of her legacy in Cheltenham with the strengthening of our new music programming. We have worked closely together fundraising for and delivering over 100 premieres in the last five years, and Alexis was a driving force from the start with our Composer Academy, heading into its fourth year in 2016.'

Alexis Paterson will be based at the Three Choirs Festival Association’s office in Gloucester and takes up her new appointment in mid-January 2016.