Spitalfields Music appoints new Chief Executive

Spitalfields Music is delighted to announce the appointment of Eleanor Gussman as the charity’s new Chief Executive.

Gussman will join Spitalfields Music in October 2015 to lead its Festivals and year-round Learning & Participation programme, and as it prepares to celebrate its 40th Anniversary in 2016. Gussman joins Spitalfields Music after over eight years at the London Symphony Orchestra, including leading pioneering music education initiatives as Head of LSO Discovery. Most recently she has acted as a consultant for clients including London Sinfonietta and Wellcome Trust.

Professor Maurice Biriotti, Chair of Spitalfields Music, commented:

'I am thrilled to announce the appointment of Eleanor as Spitalfields Music’s new Chief Executive. Eleanor’s superb musical and artistic integrity, combined with her passionate belief in the power of music, make her an excellent leader for our organisation. Her commitment to using music to inspire and enrich individuals and bring communities together will doubtless allow her to excel in her new role.

'As we prepare to celebrate our 40th anniversary, it is with great excitement that I and the rest of the Spitalfields Music team welcome Eleanor, and look forward to working with her on a renewed and purposeful vision for the future of Spitalfields Music.'

Eleanor Gussman commented:

'I am absolutely delighted to be joining Spitalfields Music in the lead up to the 40th anniversary in 2016. The organisation's world-class programming, award-winning education programme and setting in the heart of East London make it irresistible. It is also an honour to be joining at a particularly exciting point in Spitalfields Music's development. I am greatly looking forward to building upon the exceptional work to date and to working with Maurice and the team to shape the future direction of Spitalfields Music.'

This announcement comes at a particularly busy and successful time for Spitalfields Music, and ahead of an exciting year as the organisation celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2016. In 2015, in addition to its popular Summer Festival which garnered critical praise for the broad spectrum of music on offer, the charity also presented its first ever Takeover Spring Festival curated and produced by pupils at three local Tower Hamlets schools.