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Jessica Cottis to head 2021 artistic team

Celebrated conductor and communicator Jessica Cottis will join the Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO) as Artistic Advisor from 2021, supported by Simon Hewett as Principal Guest Conductor and Canberra-based Artistic Planning Manager Andy Baird. Now London-based but having grown up in Canberra, Cottis has a very personal connection to the nation’s capital. She also has a relationship with the orchestra, having worked with the CSO as a guest conductor over the past two years.

As announced by the CSO in July 2019, current Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Dr Nicholas Milton AM will conclude his tenure at the end of 2020, having dedicated 15 years to the orchestra’s development. “I look forward to building on the legacy achieved by Dr Nicholas Milton AM, who has established the CSO as both a national leader in Australian music and a pillar of the local community,” said Cottis.

“My vision is to see the CSO develop even further as an orchestral innovator, telling compelling Australian stories and taking on thought-provoking subject matter through music.”


“I’m so proud of what the CSO has achieved over the past 15 years,” said Dr Milton. “I thank the musicians for their energy and dedication, which will see the CSO continue to flourish in this next chapter, guided by the gifted and dynamic Jessica Cottis,” he said.

The CSO will launch its 2021 season later in the year, which Cottis says will take audiences on imaginative musical journeys that celebrate orchestral music as a living, relevant and thrilling art form – from classical masterworks to new Australian compositions.

IMAGES: Pia Johnson (Andy Baird), Kaupo Kikkas (Jessica Cottis), Penny Bradfield (Simon Hewett)

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