News » Welcome to our new General Manager

5 October 2022

We are delighted to welcome James Calver to the role of General Manager. James takes over from Michael Garvey who is leaving us to take up a new role at the BBC.

James is joining us from Britten Sinfonia where he has been Concerts Director for the last eight years. During this time, he has worked with countless national and international partners including The Barbican, Snape Maltings, Brighton Dome & Festival, Orchestras Live, Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival, Lincoln Centre NYC, NCPA Beijing, and Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, alongside many of today’s most outstanding soloists and composers.

He has also worked closely with The Sixteen on the first ever live streamed performance from the Sistine Chapel, giving the Vatican premiere of Sir James MacMillan’s Stabat Mater.

James says: “Joining Bath Festival Orchestra at this pivotal moment, assuming the mantle of Michael Garvey, is an immense and humbling privilege for me professionally and personally. I’m so looking forward to working with Peter, Maren, and the dedicated staff and players of the orchestra to realise our collective vision:- challenging perceptions, dissecting traditions, and reinventing the norm. There is so much potential and energy within this group, I’m incredibly lucky to be in a position as the newly-appointed General Manager to nurture, harness, and grow this vibrant, talented orchestra, taking BFO into uncharted territory as we enter a new era together.”

James lives in Cambridge with a cat named Lola, and alongside his many creative passions, he enjoys gardening, hiking, travelling, and spending quality time with his three-year-old niece, Eva.

Welcome James! We’re looking forward to some exciting future projects!