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RWCMD appoints ‘exceptional’ new trustees



Female conductor, winner of the Solti prize, and recent graduate, Tianyi Lu is one of six new board members appointed by the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD).


Reflecting the College’s ongoing commitment to excellence and inclusion, collaboration and making a difference to society, the new members joining the RWCMD board of directors are:


  • Nigel Annett CBE, one of the founding directors of Glas Cymru and Trustee of the Community Foundation of Wales.

  • April Koyejo-Audiger, opera singer and opera maker, and former Jette Parker Anniversary Company Artist 21-22 for The Royal Opera House.

  • Ian Lewis, founder of media consultancy, film and TV distribution and production company Serenroc, and Deputy Chair on the board of the National Film and Television School. Previously Group Director for Sky Cinema.

  • Tianyi Lu, Conductor-in-Residence with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra in Norway, WNO Female Conductor in Residence, and Artist Ambassador for Opera for Peace, as well as an RWCMD graduate.

  • David Ruebain, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Culture, Equality and Inclusion at the University of Sussex and former Chief Executive of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama.

  • Nitin Sawhney CBE, musician, composer, producer and Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement recipient.


Announcing the new appointments, Chairman of the board John Derrick said, ‘The six new trustees reflect the exceptional breadth and depth of skills and experience that a 21st century conservatoire board needs. They bring deep knowledge and expertise from music to screen and recorded film, media and opera.


Ensuring that our conservatoire graduates are ready to continue their careers as a community of artists and professionals requires a board that can support and challenge our first-class executive team. Combined with our existing trustees, these new members will ensure that we add further expertise in the legal and digital fields.


I look forward to welcoming them to the board and enriching our dialogue, supporting our ambitious aim to ensure that RWCMD nurtures talent, engages with its audiences, and represents Wales as a distinctive, creative force in the world.’


Helena Gaunt, Principal of RWCMD added, ‘As we continue to deepen and extend the College’s impact both in Wales and internationally the overall mix of skills and expertise on our board will play an essential part in achieving our ambitions. Our focus is on training and nurturing the next generation of artists, preparing them to join the creative industries as forward-thinking, artistic contributors to society.’


RWCMD Vice President, Rhodri Talfan Davies commented: ‘These exciting appointments tell you everything about the College’s commitment to delivering a world class conservatoire experience – drawing on the creative talent of board members boasting a remarkable range of artistic and business accomplishments. These appointments also underline RWCMD’s determination to open up music and drama education to people from all backgrounds.’


Led by Chairman John Derrick, the RWCMD board also includes Manon Antoniazzi, Dr Ben Calvert, Mario Ferelli, Natasha Hale, Aled Miles and Roger Munnings.


The new board members will join the College for their first board meeting in February.


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