Consulting

In 1980 I created the English Symphony Orchestra (ESO) which I built into an organization of International repute with an annual budget of $2.5 million. The ESO made over 70 recordings on the Nimbus Label toured annually in Europe and worked with many of the leading soloists of the day including Radu Lupu, John Lill, Nigel Kennedy, Stephen Isserlis, Raphael Wallfisch, Victoria Mullova, amongst others. In 1990 I invited Sir Yehudi Menuhin to be the Orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor, with whom the ESO gave concerts in the UK, USA & Europe as well as recording. I built close relationships between the Orchestra and Composers - Sir Michael Tippett, Nicholas Maw, Anthony Powers and...

My working relationship with the ESO lasted 25 years during which we suffered embezzlement and fraud as well as the usual fluctuations of fortune in sponsorship and box-office receipts. However the ESO managed to an impressive annual program of concerts, educational programs and recording throughout this time.

Since arriving in the US in 2007 to take the post of Music Director with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO) I have instituted numerous projects including the NHSO/Beinecke Library Walton Project, NHSO New Generation Artists Program, 'Composer-in-Residence' the creation of the NHSO Youth Orchestra, developed the Orchestras Educational Program, an annual touring ‘Messiah’, built relationships with Yale University & St Joseph’s Cathedral - Hartford. The NHSO has taken part in the American League of Symphony Orchestras ‘Institutional Vision Program’ and been the recipient of NEA Funding and an ASCAP Award in 2011.

The understanding of the business element of running orchestras is vital in developing the Orchestra in the 21st Century, the need for increasing earned income and making the Symphony Orchestra relevant to its community. Throughout my career I have always been involved in the business side of the orchestras I have worked with as Music Director (UK, Finland & USA) building relationships with the Executive, Development and Marketing Directors to understand their needs to fulfill the organizations objectives and targets. As a cellist working with the Royal Philharmonic, BBC & Halle Orchestras I also have the inside understanding of the orchestral musicians life. As an Artistic Director of the Malvern, Wyastone and Elgar Festivals I also have the experience of managing project based organizations.

As a consultant I offer my expertise in both the musical and business side as an interim or working with your Music and Executive Directors.

For full details and fees on consultancy work please contact me:

Email: mail@williamboughton.com. Tel: 203-453-9797.