Title Holders


Presidents

Lord Howard de Walden 1920–??
Sir William Walton 1948–57
W Gordon Walker 1950–54 (Hon. Vice President)
Sir Arthur Bliss 1958–??
Dr Karl Bohm 1977–81
Leonard Bernstein 1987–90
Sir Colin Davis 2007–13

Principal Conductors

Hans Richter 1904–11
Sir Edward Elgar 1911–12
Arthur Nikisch 1912–14
Sir Thomas Beecham 1915–16
Albert Coates 1919–22
Willem Mengelberg 1930–31
Sir Hamilton Harty 1932–35
Josef Krips 1950–54
Pierre Monteux 1961–64
Istvan Kertesz 1965–68
Andre Previn 1968–79
Claudio Abbado 1979–88
Michael Tilson Thomas 1988–95
Sir Colin Davis 1995–2006
Valery Gergiev 2006–15

Leaders

Arthur W. Payne 1904–12
William H. Reed 1912–36
George Stratton 1937–52
Thomas Matthews 1953
Granville Jones 1954–55
Hugh Maguire 1956–61
Erich Gruenberg 1962–65
John Georgiadis 1965–72
John Brown 1973–76
John Georgiadis/Neville Taweel 1977–78
John Georgiadis/Richard Studt 1978–79
Michael Davis 1979–86
Alexander Barantschik 1989–2001
Gordan Nikolitch 1995–present
Roman Simovic/Gordan Nikolitch 2010–present

 

Chairmen

Ellis Roberts 1905–09 Violin
Edwin F James 1909–21 Bassoon
Henri van der Meerschen 1922–32 Horn
W H Reed 1932–42 Leader
Gordon Walker 1945–49 Flute/Piccolo
Harry Dugarde 1949–60 Cello
Lowry Sanders 1961–62 Principal Piccolo
Barry Tuckwell 1962–67 Principal Horn
Jack Steadman 1968–70 Violin
Stuart Knussen 1970–71 Principal Double Bass
Howard Snell 1971–75 Principal Trumpet
Anthony Camden 1975–87 Principal Oboe
Terry Morton 1987–88 Violin
Lennox Mackenzie 1988–92 Violin
John Lawley 1992–99 Oboe
Jonathan Vaughan 1999–2002 Double Bass
Timothy Lines 2002–2003 Principal Clarinet
Patrick Harrild 2003–2004 Principal Tuba
Lennox Mackenzie 2004–2016 Sub-Leader, First Violin
Gareth Davies 2016–present Principal Flute

Managing Directors/Secretaries

Thomas Busby 1904–24 Horn
Bertram Jones 1924–29 Violin
Arthur Maney 1929–35 Cello
W G Wood 1935–44 Double Bass
Gordon Walker 1945–48 Flute/Piccolo
Desmond Wrench 1948-49
John Cruft 1949–59 Cor Anglais
Ernest Fleischmann 1959–67
Harold Lawrence 1968–73
John Boyden 1974–75
Michael Kaye 1975–79
Peter Hemmings 1980–84
Clive Gillinson 1984–2005 Cello
Kathryn McDowell 2005–present