After two highly successful seasons, Managing Director William Norris leaves Southbank Sinfonia to pursue new opportunities.
William has been a leading force in continuing the organisation’s commitment to gender equality and has placed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the heart of the orchestra’s ethos, most notably through Southbank Sinfonia’s involvement in the Arts Marketing Association’s Breakthrough programme.
During his time with the orchestra he forged new partnerships including the debut concert in a joint new series with Southbank Centre and BBC Radio 3, Unclassified Live, broadcast late last year. Other achievements during his tenure include the orchestra’s debut performance at the BBC Proms in 2019 and the ensemble’s groundbreaking musician development work with Commonwealth Games gold medalist fencer Claire Bennett. William has brought new artists to the orchestra including Christian Curnyn, André de Ridder and Karen Kamensek, enhancing the opportunities for Southbank Sinfonia players to gain valuable experience and varied musical perspectives.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees Duncan Sutherland says, “We would like to thank William for all the work he has done in supporting the orchestra these last two years. During his time, he has helped grow the organization and he leaves behind a strong leadership group. We wish him all the very best in the future.”