In November 2017, Gavin Reid was elected Chair of the Association of British Orchestras, an organisation that has been providing invaluable assistance and support to the best UK music collectives for over 70 years. Gavin knows first hand that a chamber ensemble or a symphony orchestra is a delicate and fragile organism, which is difficult to maintain and develop in the 21st century. For about 12 years, Gavin was Principal Trumpet of Manchester Camerata, before he switched to cultural management and became its General Manager. Since then he has added two of Scotland's most important academic ensembles to his CV: the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, where he has been Director since 2016.
Knowing orchestral life as both a musician and a manager, Gavin Reid talked about the expanding role of orchestras, concert halls and festivals in the UK, and about new, unexpected ways to share the amazing power of music with as many people as possible.
About Gavin Reid
Gavin Reid is Chief Executive of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, one of Scotland’s National Performing Companies. Prior to joining the SCO in 2016, Gavin spent ten years as Director of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
Born and educated in Edinburgh, he studied the trumpet at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London before pursuing a freelance career performing and teaching. He was Principal Trumpet of Manchester Camerata from 1989 to 2001 and was responsible for developing their education and outreach programme between 1996 and 2002. Gavin was appointed General Manager of Manchester Camerata in 2002 and in 2004, became one of the first Fellows on the Clore Leadership Programme – a major initiative of the Clore Duffield Foundation aimed at developing and strengthening leadership across the cultural and creative sectors.
He is a Trustee of IMPACT Scotland (International Music and Performing Arts Charitable Trust), the organisation established to create a new mid-scale performance venue – and home for the SCO – in the heart of Edinburgh’s city centre. In October 2018 Gavin was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, having served as a Governor from 2012 to 2018. Gavin was elected Chair of the Association of British Orchestras in November 2017.