New Principal for Royal Welsh College

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Professor Helena Gaunt has been appointed Principal of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD).

Currently Vice Principal and Director of Innovation at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Professor Gaunt will take up the post from Interim Principal, Professor George Caird, on 1 September 2018.

Professor Gaunt said:

‘I am delighted to be joining the Royal Welsh College at this exciting time in its development. Already established as a world-class institution in Wales, with an outstanding performance programme and educational opportunities, the stage is set to deepen and extend the College’s impact both in Wales and internationally. There is now an opportunity to further enhance the key role the College plays in the growth of the creative industries, helping to power artistic quality and cultural innovation and widening access to creative education. I look forward to working with the Board of Directors, staff and students and to being part of the National Conservatoire of Wales.’

Lord Elis-Thomas, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, said:

‘As the National Conservatoire of Wales, the College fulfils a key role in developing our finest young musicians and actors. It also plays an important role in supporting the structures for nurturing talent at a local level. I look forward to working with Professor Gaunt in furthering the College’s significant contribution to the cultural life of Wales.’


Header photo: Professor Helena Gaunt

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