19 Sep 2011

Blake appointed to head NZSO

1:57 pm on 19 September 2011

Radio New Zealand Concert former manager Christopher Blake has been appointed as the chief executive of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

He is currently chief executive at the Department of Labour and was a former chief executive at the Department of Internal Affairs. He was also chief executive at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage from 1991 - 1997.

NZSO chairman Donald Best said Mr Blake stood out amongst more than 30 candidates who applied from all over the world.

NZSO music director Pietari Inkinen said Mr Blake's experience was an ideal fit for the orchestra.

An active composer, Mr Blake has music and engineering degrees from the University of Canterbury and a post graduate music degree from the University of Southampton.

He has written works for the NZSO, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Mercury Opera and Chamber Music New Zealand.

He will take up on the position in February for a term of five years.