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Our longest serving professional leader, Rita French, retired at the end of the 2020-21 season, after nearly 40 years in the role and an association with the orchestra going back to the 1960s.  

The WPO has since decided to appoint two professional leaders, on a job-share basis.  The brilliant young violinist Preston Yeo was appointed as WPO leader in 2022, and the orchestra is now launching its application process for a further professional leader, for appointment during the 2023-24 season.  

The deadline for applications is Friday 3rd March 2023, with auditions and interviews taking place from late-March through to December 2023.

Please view the PDF below for further details.

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