Association of British Orchestras

Peter Bellingham

Chief Executive,
Sinfonia Cymru

A late starter on the piano, Peter studied at the Royal Northern College of Music but quickly reached the conclusion that a performing career was not an option. More than 40 years later, Peter can look back on an extensive, varied and successful career in arts management and leadership - in keyboard terms, swapping Steinway for Apple was definitely the right move!

In the early part of his career, he focused mainly on arts marketing, with some elements of operational management and programming; later moving to a general management role as Managing Director of Welsh National Opera, where he led the company operationally for thirteen years, working with three different artistic directors. He has worked in drama, ballet and opera, for producing companies and venues. He has significant experience of working across the UK, as well as internationally, taking WNO to the Hong Kong, Finland, Oman, and Dubai.

In 2015, he left WNO to set up a consultancy practice, working in an interim capacity as Consultant Executive Director at National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and Transition Director at National Youth Arts Wales, as well as a number of other short-term projects.

Since February 2018, he has been Chief Executive of Sinfonia Cymru. Peter had come to know Sinfonia Cymru through serving as a Trustee / Board member and, inspired by the orchestra’s mission to support professional musicians in the early years of their careers, was delighted to be given the opportunity to lead the organisation over the next few years.

Annual Conference

The next ABO conference will take place in Glasgow from 9 – 11 February 2022.