Sir Nicholas Kenyon talks about performance as the heart of the artistic experience, and the shifting role of the arts in our lives as huge changes affect the economy, technology, education and culture.
Nicholas Kenyon became Managing Director of the Barbican Centre in October 2007. During his early career, he was a music critic for The New Yorker, The Times and The Observer, and editor of Early Music. In 1992 he was appointed Controller of BBC Radio 3 and was Director of the BBC Proms from 1996 to 2007. He oversaw the BBC’s programming for the Millennium and from 2000 he was responsible for the BBC’s Live Events and TV Classical Music departments. He has continued to write and lecture on the arts, publishing books on Mozart, Simon Rattle and early music. He is a board member of English National Opera, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and a Governor of Wellington College. He was knighted in the 2008 New Year Honours; he is married with four children and lives in London.
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