The Conductor of  CLYO

Dougie Scarfe

In July 2012 Dougie Scarfe took up the post of Chief Executive of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra following a successful career at Opera North.

Dougie was a member of the Orchestra of Opera North for twelve years.  Whilst at school Dougie was Principal Horn in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and won the Peter Morrison award for his contribution to NYO.  He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Hugh Potts, winning the Hiles Medal for Orchestral playing.

In 2000 a serious playing-related jaw condition ended Dougie’s performing career.  After four years as Executive Assistant to the General Director at Opera North he spent six years as Chorus and Orchestra Director, and Concerts Director at Opera North combined with a busy conducting schedule.  Dougie was joint Music Director of Sinfonia of Leeds with David Greed.  As Principal Conductor of The City of Leeds Youth Orchestra, Dougie has led the Orchestra on highly successful tours to Rouen, Frankfurt, Poland, Madrid and Leipzig.

In April 2009 Dougie conducted the world premiere of Collision, music by Michael Berkeley and visuals by Kevin Laycock for the Fuseleeds09 festival, and in October 2009 he conducted the British premiere of Andrew Carter’s Organ Concerto for the Kirklees Concert Season.

Dougie has regularly compèred events for the Leeds, Kirklees and Bradford Concert Seasons, the Leeds Schools Music Association and Artforms Leeds.

Dougie is passionate about the importance of Music Education and creating opportunities for young people to learn and experience live music of all genres.  He played an important role in the founding of Yorkshire Young Musicians (YYM), a new Centre of Advanced Training for exceptionally talented young musicians aged between 8 and 18.  Dougie was Chairman of the YYM Board of Trustees from 2005-2007.

When not working Dougie is a keen runner and member of Ilkley Harriers Athletic Club in Yorkshire and Lytchett Manor Striders in Dorset.

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