New CEO of New Zealand’s Christchurch Symphony arrives after pandemic-caused delay

Posted on: January 26, 2022

“New Christchurch Symphony Orchestra chief executive Graham Sattler accepted the job in September, but it took him about four months to actually start,” writes Charlie Gates in Monday’s (1/24) Stuff (New Zealand). “Sattler eventually managed to enter New Zealand from Australia with a special border exemption as a critical worker. He arrived in the country on December 29, spent ten days in managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ), and then got to Christchurch on January 8…. He said he admired the CSO’s outreach work…. The orchestra recently won an award for its work at Christchurch Men’s Prison. Sattler’s … doctorate was on the benefits of music for marginalized communities…. He said possible Covid-19 restrictions in the future could be a challenge for the orchestra. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Sunday that all New Zealand would move to red in the traffic light system, following a community outbreak of Omicron…. [Sattler] said the orchestra is looking at the possibility of streaming concerts online in the event of pandemic restrictions…. Sattler started his professional life in an orchestra in Australia when he was 16…. ‘The emotional power of a 90-piece orchestra is extraordinary’ he said.”