Roger Wright (music administrator)

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For the American concert pianist, see Roger Wright.

Roger Wright (born 1956, Manchester) is an English radio administrator and arts administrator. He is currently the Controller of BBC Radio 3 and Director of The Proms, although in March 2014 he announced that he will be leaving the BBC to take up the post of Chief Executive of Aldeburgh Music.[1]

Wright was educated at Chetham's School, Manchester, and played the cello as a youth. He studied music at Royal Holloway College, University of London, and earned a B.Mus. in 1977. On graduation, he took a sabbatical year, 1977-78, as the elected President of the Student Union.[2]

From 1978 to 1987, Wright worked at the British Music Information Centre (BMIC), as librarian and manager, then as director.[2] He served as a senior producer for the BBC Symphony Orchestra from 1987 to 1989. He became the artistic administrator of The Cleveland Orchestra in 1989. He left his Cleveland post in 1992 for Deutsche Grammophon (DG), where he became an executive director and vice-president, and worked there until 1997.[3]

In March 1997, Wright took up the newly created BBC post of Head of Classical Music, in charge of the BBC's orchestras, choirs, and bands.[3] In 1998, he became Controller of Radio 3. During his Radio 3 tenure he raised the profile of jazz and world music, causing controversy among listeners.[4] [5] [6] [7] [8] Other Radio 3 programming changes such as a perceived diminution of live music broadcasts have also attracted controversy.[9] Wright was named Director of the BBC Proms in April 2007[10] and formally took up the post in October 2007, succeeding Nicholas Kenyon.

In 2002, Wright was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Royal Holloway College. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Music and a Fellow of the Radio Academy. His publications include the volume New Music 1989, in collaboration with Michael Finnissy. In March 2014 he announced his resignation from the BBC to become chief executive at Aldeburgh Music from September.[1]

Wright and his wife Rosie, a yoga teacher, have two children,[5] Alice and William.

Preceded by
Nicholas Kenyon
Controller, BBC Radio 3


  1. ^ a b AH (24 March 2014). "Roger Wright to leave the BBC". BBC Media Centre. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  2. ^ a b Robert Beale (17 July 2008). "Roger's journey to Proms". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 2009-03-20. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b "My Life In Media: Roger Wright". The Independent. 13 December 2004. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  4. ^ Jessica Hodgson (10 May 2001). "Radio 3 suffers drop in listeners". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  5. ^ a b Peter Culshaw (22 March 2003). "The phat controller". Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  6. ^ Charlotte Higgins (6 November 2003). "The Third way". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  7. ^ Stephen Moss (6 May 2004). "'These people aren't being rational'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  8. ^ Elisabeth Mahoney (19 November 2004). "Weird and wonderful". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  9. ^ Charlotte Higgins (9 November 2006). "Don't touch that dial". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  10. ^ Ben Dowell (19 April 2007). "Radio 3's Wright to head BBC Proms". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 

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