The British conductor will be the MSO’s knight in shining armour after three years of uncertainty.

Following Sydney Symphony’s appointment this week of American conductor David Robertsonas Vladimir Ashkenazy’s successor, and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s recent announcement that Israeli-born Asher Fischwill take up the baton in 2014, it seems the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has acquired its own internationally renowned conductor, making a charmed trio of new recruits at podiums around the country.

English conductor Sir Andrew Davis is to step in as chief conductor of the MSO, a position that has been conspicuously vacant for three years.

Davis, 68, is renowned for his performances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, boasting the longest tenure as its chief since Sir Adrian Boult. He also served as music director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera and now holds the title of principal conductor at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

He is a regular guest of the MSO, due to return to our shores next month to conduct American soprano Deborah Voigtin programs of Wagner Richard Strauss for her Melbourne and Sydney concerts. It is around the time of these appearances that...