14 June 2012
Due to illness, Mark Fitz-Gerald will be unable to conduct Saturday's 90th Birthday Prom Concert. The FSO is delighted to welcome Ben Palmer as Guest Conductor for the evening and are indebted to him for stepping in at such short notice.
Ben is increasingly gaining recognition as an inspiring and versatile conductor. He is acclaimed for his innovative and imaginative programming, in particular with the Orchestra of St Paul's, a dynamic professional chamber orchestra based in Covent Garden, of which he is musical director. He has been assistant conductor to Sir Roger Norrington; throughout the 2011/12 season he has worked with him on concerts and recordings with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. He will make his debut with the London Mozart Players in December 2012; other orchestras he has conducted include Britten Sinfonia and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. He appears regularly at the Southbank Centre and St John’s, Smith Square; in 2010 he made his debut at the Royal Albert Hall.