Announcing our new President

The Trustees of Lakeland Sinfonia Concert Society are delighted to announce the appointment of our new President.

Thorben Dittes

Thorben Dittes, Director of Royal Northern Sinfonia and Classical Programme, has been a vital supporter of our Kendal programme for several years. Thorben, who is based at The Sage concert hall in Gateshead, takes over as Honorary President of Lakeland Sinfonia Concert Society from John Summers, who recently retired from Hallé.

Thorben’s appointment further consolidates the ever-tightening relationship between the Lakeland Sinfonia Concert Society and the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

“The Society’s Trustees are delighted that Thorben Dittes has agreed to become our President,” said LSCS Chairman Peter Lever. “I am sure that his expertise will be invaluable to the Society, not only now in these difficult and uncertain times and with whatever we have to face in the shorter term, but also for the future development of the Society.”

Thorben Dittes grew up in Germany and studied Arts Management at London South Bank University. He has worked with the Musicians Benevolent Fund, Association of British Orchestras, Royal Over-Seas League Arts, and British Youth Opera, as well as more recent roles as Artistic Planning & Projects Manager for Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra and Chief Executive of Scottish Ensemble. He joined Sage Gateshead and the Royal Northern Sinfonia in the autumn of 2014 and is also a Director for the British Association of Concert Halls (BACH) and on the membership committee for the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA).

He explains his connection to Lakeland Sinfonia: “Since starting my work with Royal Northern Sinfonia in 2014, the loyalty and commitment of LSCS audiences and committee members, past and present, have been a continued source of inspiration to me. The Society, its orchestra and its concert series are brilliant examples of how to make high-quality music-making and regular audience engagement work outside of large urban centres. I am delighted and honoured to accept the invitation to become President of the Lakeland Sinfonia Concert Society.”

“Long may it continue to thrive and to bring the joy of music to the people of Kendal and the Lakes!”