A message from the Music Director,
Although I have several years remaining on my contract I have decided to make the 2019-20 Season my last one as the conductor of the OSO. I have enjoyed 17 memorable and varied years with the OSO, having won the audition in 2003. I have liked calling Olympia my home since 2006—but I want to spend more time with my ailing parents in my native Isles. I am not sure if there is ever a right time to leave…but there is definitely a wrong time to stay; how I live is more important than what I do. The Orchestra is playing really well, sounding fantastic and I’d like to think it has improved during my tenure. However, it is time for someone else—a fresh voice with different tastes. I shall miss the audience here—loyal, supportive and appreciative—and plan on working hard to make this Season a great one with our appealing programs and wonderful soloists. This is definitely a negotiated-deal kind of Brexit!