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David Butcher

David has been Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Britten Sinfonia since its foundation in 1992. He produced the first business plan for the orchestra and has overseen the exciting emergence and development of Britten Sinfonia from humble beginnings to its pre-eminent position as one of Europe's leading orchestras. David was brought up in Ross-on-Wye, was a Hereford chorister and studied at the University of London Goldsmiths' College.  He worked at the Academy of St Martin in the Fields from 1986 to 1989 and from 1989 to 1992 he was General Manager of the National Youth Music Theatre and developed the NYMT's profile overseas with tours to Japan and the USA. David served on the Board of the Association of British Orchestras from 1998 - 2005; he was the ABO/Rhinegold Orchestral Manager of the Year in 2012 and is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.