Canberra Symphony Orchestra extend Milton’s contract as Principal Conductor for three years.

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra has launched its 2016 with news that its Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Nicholas Milton will continue to lead the orchestra until 2019.

During Milton’s tenure the CSO has grown both its audience and its profits, doubling its annual turnover since 2007. The 2016 season will be Milton’s tenth with the orchestra. “I am honoured and incredibly excited to extend this wonderful chapter in my musical life,” Milton said. “This is a significant opportunity for me and the orchestra to work together on deeper levels artistically, and it is through this closeness that we will be able to grow even further. My joy at furthering our future together is tied with our passionate commitment to our wonderful patrons, generous donors and supporters, dedicated management team and of course our fantastic audiences.” 

Under Milton, the CSO has experienced a surge in audience attendance and a 95% subscription-renewal rate. CEO Henry Laska believes these achievements are a strong testament to the calibre of Milton’s artistic leadership. “There’s no doubt that Nicholas is directly responsible for the growth and quality of the CSO,” Laska said. “Canberra is lucky to have such a gifted and passionate artist directing the largest performing arts organisation, especially in light of his recent international achievements.” Whilst continuing as General Music Director of the prestigious Saarländisches Staatstheater in Saarbrücken, Germany, Milton was also recently appointed to the Australia-Germany Advisory Group, co-chaired by Matthias Corman, with representatives from multiple disciplines, including the arts.

Milton’s 2016 selection will see the orchestra continue to build on its past successes, including the establishment of a new partnership with Opera Australia for a performance of Beethoven’s Choral Symphony No. 9. The CSO will also premiere a new work by celebrated Australian composer, Nigel Westlake. Cudmirrah Fanfare will be performed in the Llewellyn Series 2. Following the success of its pilot year, the CSO is rolling out its Meet The Music initiative to regional areas of the ACT. The program, which allows high school students and college students to engage in symphonic concerts, will see an increased focus in regional high school engagement, specifically in Goulburn and Yass areas.

The launch of the 2016 season allows current subscribers to re-subscribe for the coming year. New subscriptions will be available to the general public from Monday, November 9. Full details of CSO’s season is availble on its website.