18th Century Orchestra appoints new director
Kate Rockett has been named the new director of the 18th Century Orchestra.
Rockett will succeed current manager Sieuwert Verster who will step down on September 1, 2022 to focus on his Attacca label for Dutch contemporary music and documentary filmmaking.
Rockett is a trombonist trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London and specializing in historically informed performance at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis; she also holds a research master’s degree in musicology at the Open University and has played with orchestras and ensembles such as the Friborg Baroque Orchestra, the Gabrieli Consort, the B’Rock Orchestra and the Concerto Köln, among others.
She also worked with the classical record label PENTATONE as artist and repertoire manager and executive producer and collaborated with the LUDWIG ensemble and the Dutch Performing Arts Fund.
Regarding his appointment, Rockett said: “Since its founding over forty years ago by Frans Brüggen, the 18th Century Orchestra has been a highly respected key player in the historically informed performance movement and has inspired many others. together, both in the Netherlands and worldwide. Sieuwert Verster has been at the helm all this time; a rather exceptional track record and a difficult act to follow. The orchestra is a remarkable international collective of passionate and committed musicians; I am thrilled to have the opportunity to shape the next chapter in the organization’s history.