Jenny Stewart appointed as new Chair of the Board of Directors

Dunedin Consort is pleased to announce the appointment of Jenny Stewart as its new Chair of the Board of Directors, effective from 1 April 2021. She succeeds Sir Muir Russell, who has led the Board for the past twelve years.

Announcing his departure, Sir Muir Russell writes:

‘I got to know the Dunedin Consort and John Butt at Glasgow University, at the time of the Messiah recording, and I have been an admirer and supporter ever since. It has been a huge privilege to see Dunedin grow and change over the past 12 years, and I have nothing but praise for all those who have worked to achieve this. Our musicians are excellent professional people, performing at the top of their game, and their enthusiasm and loyalty to Dunedin is one of our strengths, and makes such a big difference to the quality of our work. Another strength is the commitment and generosity of our friends and supporters, who have helped make possible our wonderful programmes and our wider learning and participation work. My thanks go to all who have made Dunedin what it is.’

Jenny is a former Partner of KPMG with a UK leadership role in infrastructure, government and healthcare, and brings knowledge and expertise of the public, private and charity sectors, as well as a keen love of the arts. Her relationship with Dunedin Consort began as an audience member many years ago, and in 2019 she joined the Board of Directors.

Jenny writes:

‘I am delighted and honoured to be taking on the role of Chair of the Board of Directors at Dunedin Consort. Sir Muir has been an inspiration. He has guided the organisation expertly through the last 12 years and through the very particular challenges of the last 12 months. We owe him a huge debt of gratitude.

The Dunedin Consort team has responded magnificently to the pandemic, and has been able to make wonderful music to delight and sustain us through performances online. They have used the recent lockdown to develop and publish marvellous educational content for schools, which builds on their impressive learning programme. I am incredibly proud of the work of our excellent musicians.

Under Chief Executive, Jo Buckley, and Music Director, John Butt, Dunedin Consort has an exciting and ambitious programme ahead. As we emerge from the pandemic, we look forward to celebrating our 25th anniversary year and to welcoming our many friends and supporters back to the concert hall as soon as we are able to do so.’

Dunedin Consort’s Chief Executive, Jo Buckley, commented:

‘Sir Muir has overseen a time of great change at Dunedin Consort, and he leaves behind him a wonderful legacy, as well as an organisation that is in great shape to face the future. I am delighted that the board has found his worthy successor in Jenny Stewart. She has been a passionate supporter for many years, and more recently has demonstrated her broad range of skills and expertise as a member of the board. I look forward to working with her as we enter a new chapter.’