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We are delighted to announce that the Board of Trustees has appointed Paul Cutts as Chair of The Bach Choir from September 2013, in succession to Sam Gordon Clark who is stepping down after six years in the post.
Paul is well-known in the arts world, having recently spent four years as CEO of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group. Prior to this, he spent a year as Fellow in Creative Economy on the Clore Leadership Programme, as well holding the position of News Editor for Gramophone Online, which he devised and launched. He comes from a rich musical background: he was a choral scholar at St David’s Cathedral, Cardiff, as well as being a trained pianist, singer, composer and conductor. Paul met the Choir’s membership at our annual party for Friends and Associate Members on Monday 13th May, where he briefly spoke of his excitement about the appointment, and touched on his commitment to help develop the Choir’s image over the coming years. Following his successful audition, he has joined rehearsals as a first bass for the upcoming recording of David Matthew’s Vespers in Poole with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
‘Everyone who loves music knows The Bach Choir as one of Britain’s most respected and admired choral organisations. It has an unrivalled heritage, a fantastic track record for performing, recording and commissioning neglected and new music and – increasingly – for its education work. It’s this combination of historic tradition and contemporary relevance that excites me so much about becoming The Bach Choir’s chair. I look forward to applying my professional experience – as well as my personal background in and love for choral music – to help this wonderful ensemble achieve even greater things at a time of unprecedented challenges for the cultural sector as a whole and classical music in particular.’
For more details on Paul’s experience with the arts, please see his biography below:
Paul Cutts spent two decades working as an international journalist, editor and publisher focusing on classical music and the performing arts before moving into arts administration and leadership. His journalism career spanned print, broadcast and online media – including devising and launching Gramophone Online (where he was the magazine’s news editor), cultural commentary for BBC radios 2, 3 and 4 and as London critic for The Strad magazine. As co-founder of a magazine publishing business in Manchester, Paul created five new arts and education titles and built a contract-publishing list that included Yamaha UK, the Huddersfield Contemporary and Windsor Festivals, the Quebec government and New York’s International Society for the Performing Arts as clients.
In 2008, Paul left journalism after being awarded the NESTA-funded fellowship on the coveted Clore Leadership Programme, undertaking professional placements with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama as well as The Cleveland Orchestra. As chief executive of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group from May 2009 to May 2013, Paul ran a network of 22 South Kensington arts, science and learning organisations, with members including the Royal College of Music and Royal Albert Hall, the Institut francais, Kensington Palace and the Science, V&A and Natural History museums. In May 2013 he was named the first chief executive of the National Funding Scheme, a new charity supporting philanthropic giving for the arts and heritage sector using mobile technology.
Born, raised and educated in Wales, Paul holds a first class honours degree in English with subsidiary studies in Law and Music from Cardiff University. He was head chorister and choral scholar of St David’s Metropolitan Cathedral in Cardiff, is a trained pianist, conductor and arranger. He lives in south London, was a trustee of Making Music for four years and currently sits on the board of the Bloomsbury Festival.