Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director of the Barbican Centre

Nick was a music critic for The New Yorker, The Times and Observer, and editor of Early Music between 1983 and 1992.

He was Controller of BBC Radio 3 from 1992-1998, and Director of the BBC Proms from 1996 to 2007. During his time at Radio 3, he was responsible for the award-winning seasons, Fairest Isle and Sounding the Century. He oversaw the BBC’s programming for the Millennium, and ran the BBC’s Live Events and TV Classical Music departments, including the Queen’s Jubilee Concerts in 2002.

Nick has lectured widely and published books on Bach, Mozart, Simon Rattle, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and early music. Most recently he has edited, The City of London: a Companion Guide. He has been a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and is an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. He is a member of Arts Council England. He was knighted in the 2008 New Year Honours, and in 2011 received the British Academy President’s medal for outstanding service to the arts and humanities. He is married with four children and lives in London.

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