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New CEO for Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall (RAH) has announced the appointment of James Ainscough to the position of Chief Executive Officer.

He was formerly with the iconic London venue from January 2008 to December 2017, initially as Director of Finance and Administration and then as Chief Operating Officer, and will take up his new position in the late spring of 2023 when he moves from Help Musicians, a charity for professional musicians, where he is CEO. 

James Ainscough said, ‘The Royal Albert Hall has always been close to my heart. It has been a privilege to lead Help Musicians for the past five years… Only a really special opportunity, like ‘coming home’ to the Royal Albert Hall, could have tempted me to leave. 

‘There are multiple challenges ahead but those are what most energise me. I could not be more excited to return to work with the Hall’s dedicated team. Together we will ensure the Hall offers the most amazing events and experiences to the most diverse audiences. And recognising its privilege as a prominent and much-loved venue, we will do all we can to support and nurture the wider music ecosystem of which we are an integral part.’

Ian McCulloch, President of the Royal Albert Hall, said: ‘James combines a passion for the promotion of music and cultural enlightenment with the vision and business skills required to lead the Hall through its next phase, applying financial prudence to extending our reach and our artistic ambitions. The Royal Albert Hall will benefit greatly from James’ experience, talent, enthusiasm and determination. We are delighted that he will soon be re-joining the team.’