Composer Alasdair Nicolson will be stepping down as artistic director of the Bath International Music Festival following this month’s event – after just two years in charge.
Bath Festivals – which runs the 66-year-old festival – said it was having to implement “structural changes” as arts funding shrank.
It said: “Like all arts organisations in a difficult economic climate, Bath Festivals is adapting to new financial realities and in order to continue to be able to deliver this remarkable festival, there will be a number of structural and creative changes for 2015, to be announced after this year’s programme.”
Mr Nicolson – who is also artistic director of the St Magnus International Festival in the Orkneys – said: “I have known Bath International Music Festival since my earliest days in music and was honoured to have been part of such a significant event in the British musical landscape. It is with some sadness that I go into my second festival knowing that it will be my last, but I have enjoyed programming two music festivals in Bath. I do hope the festival has a bright future, despite this difficult economic climate.”
More at the Bath Chronicle here.