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William Boughton
Music Director and Principal Conductor

 

William Boughton was born into a musical family: his grandfather (Rutland Boughton) was a composer, his father a professional viola player, and his mother a singer. After cello studies at the New England Conservatory (Boston), Guildhall School of Music (London), and Prague Academy, he entered the profession in London, playing with the Royal Philharmonic, BBS, and London Sinfonietta.

 

The experience of playing in orchestras led to a passion to pursue a career in conducting and he decided to return to studies first with George Hurst and then with Sir Colin Davis. In 1980, he formed the English Symphony Orchestra (ESO) and developed the ESO’s repertoire through the Baroque period to Viennese classics and into contemporary music. During his time with the ESO, he commissioned more than 20 works from such composers as Peter Sculthorpe, John Joubert, Anthony Powers, Michael Berkeley, John Metcalf, Stephen Roberts, and Adrian Williams. The depth of his partnership with the ESO was epitomized in 1985 when, as Artistic Director of the Malvern Festival, he collaborated with Sir Michael Tippett in presenting a musical celebration of the composer's eightieth birthday, which became the subject of a BBC "Omnibus" documentary.

With the ESO on Nimbus Records, he built a significant discography of internationally acclaimed recordings—predominantly of English music—a number of which reached the Top Ten on US charts.

During his final years with the ESO, Boughton successfully launched the first ESO Elgar Festival in Malvern and Worcester, and also celebrated the orchestra’s 25th Anniversary performing a complete Beethoven symphony cycle, in which he created a new series of pre-concert performances of British contemporary music, including works by Birtwistle, Knussen, Watkins, Woolrich, Holloway, and Turnage. He has participated in a number of high-profile arts programs for BBC Television, a radio program about Elgar that was broadcast in New York, Chicago, Washington, and Boston in 2006, and a series entitled 1st Eleven for Classic FM, during the 2006 Soccer World Cup. He has guest conducted major orchestras around the world, including the San Francisco, London, and Helsinki Symphony Orchestras.

In July 2007, he became the tenth Music Director of the NHSO, with whom he has instituted a Composer-in-Residence program and undertaken a major recording project of the works of William Walton; the first recording—Walton’s Violin Concerto and First Symphony—was released by Nimbus in 2010 and selected as a Critic’s Choice for 2010 by prestigious Gramophone Magazine. Under Mr. Boughton’s leadership, the NHSO was awarded an ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming in 2010. He resides in Guilford with his family and is in demand as a guest speaker and conductor.

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO) is excited to announce that Chelsea Tipton has recently been appointed as the new Principal Pops Conductor.  Chelsea will lead the NHSO Pops for three years, beginning with his debut in October 2014.  The Pops concerts are performed in both Hamden and Shelton.

Chelsea Tipton
Principal Pops Conductor

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra is excited to welcome Chelsea Tipton as our new Principal Pops Conductor.  Chelsea will lead the NHSO Pops series in Hamden an Shfor three years, beginning with his debut in October 2014.  As a sought after guest conductor, Chelsea has appeared with numerous major orchestras in the U.S., including Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Houtson, Atlanta, Indianapolis, New Jersey, Nashville, Hilton Head, and San Antonio, as well as the Brooklyn, Lousiana, and Rochester Philharmonics, and the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana (Palermo) among others.  During the summer of 2011 he was part of an extensive European tour with pop artist Sting that took him to 15 countries and to work with 19 different European orchestras.  He prepared the orchestras for the concerts and performed with Sting in concert in the Canary Islands, Granada, and Cap Roig Spain.  Chelsea recently conducted the Sphinx Competition Showcase gala concert at Carnegie Hall, which was the culmination of a ten city tour with that orchestra.  He was a last minute replacement for Robert Spano to conduct an all-Gershwin season finale with the Brooklyn Philharmonic.  The New York Times applauded Tipton for "leading sweeping and vibrant performances" of Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris.

 

 

 

 

 

Elaine C. Carroll
Executive Director

Elaine C. Carroll has worked in not-for-profit management for 18 years. She has secured grants from many major foundations and the Connecticut Office of the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the U.S. Department of Education. In Spring 2010, she produced the all-Stamford fundraising concert for Haitian Earthquake Relief that raised $24,637 in a few short weeks; the Symphony’s musicians donated their performance so that all of the money raised could be sent to Haiti.

Under her leadership as Executive Director, the NHSO has enjoyed a new-found economic stability.  The Symphony has been "in the black" for three consecutive seasons and replenished its Strategic Cash Reserve.  The Symphony is making more music in more places and engaging more listeners.  The NHSO will present 44 public performances during its 120th anniversary season.  Elaine and her staff work with partners in Shelton, Hamden, Norwalk, Hartford, Essex, Clinton, Cheshire, Fairfield, Milford, New London, Woodstock, Norfolkd, and the Naugatuck Valley to creat a truly regional presence for the Symphony.

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