The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama is delighted to announce that Professor Helena Gaunt, currently Vice Principal and Director of Innovation at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, has been appointed as the College’s new Principal. She will take up the post from Interim Principal, Professor George Caird, on 1st September 2018.

Speaking of her appointment, 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.”

Commenting on the appointment, 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.”


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