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Sir Nicholas Kenyon

Nicholas KenyonSir Nicholas Kenyon has been Managing Director of the Barbican Centre since October 2007.   He was a music critic for The New Yorker, The Times and Observer, and editor of Early Music 1983-92.  He was appointed Controller of BBC Radio 3 in 1992, and was responsible for the award-winning seasons Fairest Isle and Sounding the Century.  He oversaw the BBC’s programming for the Millennium and then ran the BBC’s Live Events and TV Classical Music departments.  He was Director of the BBC Proms from 1996 to 2007.  He has continued to write and lecture on the arts, publishing books on Bach, Mozart, Simon Rattle, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and early music. He is a member of Arts Council England, a board member of Sage Gateshead, and a Trustee of the Dartington Hall Trust.  He was knighted in the 2008 New Year Honours; he has been a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College Oxford, and in 2011 he received the British Academy President’s Medal for outstanding services to the arts and humanities.