Mark Elder is Music Director of the Hallé, having taken up his appointment in September 2000. He was Music Director of English National Opera between 1979 and 1993, Principal Guest Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 1992 – 1995, and Music Director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in the USA from 1989 – 1994. He has also held positions as Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the London Mozart Players. He works regularly with many of the world's leading symphony orchestras and, in the UK, enjoys close associations with both the London Philharmonic and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Mark Elder has appeared annually at the Proms in London for many years, including, in 1987 and 2006, the internationally televised Last Night of the Proms and from 2003 with the Hallé Orchestra.