After being one of the Founders of the RTO, over 20 yrs ago, and leading the RTO to ever greater heights, Sir Richard is handing over the baton to Michael Graham from September 2021.
Sir Richard will be missed but after all that effort he deserves a well earned rest. He may yet make cameo appearances so watch this space!
Michael helped hold the Orchestra together over the last year, taking the regular RTO lock down rehearsals, on Zoom. He did so well – with patience and constant reassurance that we were playing well – that we asked him to carry on this year. All players were muted while playing on Zoom. How Michael knew that we were doing well will remain a mystery and beyond the comprehension of the players.
The RTO is very happy to announce that Michael has accepted our offer to become our principal conductor .