Location: The Library, 112 St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4BD
We are delighted to welcome David Pickard to talk about his first season as Director of the BBC Proms, his career to date and his views on engaging young people in music.
David Pickard studied Music at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, before starting his career at the Royal Opera House. In his early career, David worked at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park and was the Assistant Director for the Japan Festival before becoming Sir John Drummond’s deputy at the European Arts Festival. In 1993 he was appointed Chief Executive of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, where he significantly increased the orchestra’s artistic reputation and international profile, helping to establish the OAE as the pre-eminent period instrument orchestra in the world.
In 2001 he was made General Director of Glyndebourne Festival where throughout his tenure he created an extensive digital programme including online streaming, big screen and cinema relays and broadened the company’s audience base through specially priced performances for young people and a pioneering education programme.
In November 2015, David took up the role of Director of the BBC Proms. New initiatives for his first Proms season included an innovative series called 'Proms at …', exploring music in new spaces around London, including the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe and the Bold Tendencies Multi-Storey Car Park in Peckham. Passionate about bringing new audiences to classical music and identifying and nurturing emerging talent, David also made youth music-making and youth audiences a major focus at the 2016 Proms. Initiatives included two Proms devoted to the BBC’s Ten Pieces II project, a series of weekend matinee concerts aimed at family audiences, and a Last Night of the Proms where young musicians were put centre stage.
David's talk will include an opportunity to ask him questions about his work. The talk will be live-tweeted from @YPIA_uk with hashtag #YPIAtalk, to which you can also submit questions if you can't be there to ask them yourself.
As usual, this event will be followed by networking drinks, this time at The Library bar.
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