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As our much-admired and long-standing Principal Trumpet Paul Archibald steps down from the role, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Imogen Whitehead.

Imogen has worked with Britten Sinfonia as Guest Principal Trumpet on many recent projects and brings experience of working in the same role with London Mozart Players, English National Opera and Aurora Orchestra.

Meurig Bowen, Britten Sinfonia’s CEO and Artistic Director, says of this appointment: "Paul Archibald’s contribution to Britten Sinfonia over many years has been immense, and we will be sad to say farewell to him in this role. When playing in his place over the last couple of years, Imogen Whitehead has impressed everyone in the ranks of Britten Sinfonia. As one of our principal players said recently: 'She can play big and throw it out when she needs to, but has a particularly sweet and beautiful sound that blends and flexes brilliantly to all the different repertoire we do.' The enthusiasm with which Imogen will be welcomed to the Britten Sinfonia membership is also captured by the words of another longstanding principal player: 'She’s a perfect fit.'”

Imogen Whitehead says: “I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed Principal Trumpet of Britten Sinfonia. I was made to feel so welcome from the very first time I played with the orchestra and I have always enjoyed their imaginative and varied projects. I’m excited to be joining such a prestigious chamber orchestra and look forward to the new season and beyond.”

Imogen Whitehead

Imogen Whitehead

Having regularly worked with Britten Sinfonia as Guest Principal Trumpet, Imogen Whitehead was appointed Principal Trumpet in August 2023.
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Photo above by Helena Cooke