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BASCA presents: In Conversation with BBC Proms Director David Pickard - CANCELLED


Cecil Sharp House, London

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The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) is hosting an afternoon event with BBC Proms Director, David Pickard. The session will see BASCA board director Gary Carpenter lead an in depth Q&A style discussion, looking at David Pickard’s achievements within the classical music industry, as well as exploring his current role leading the world’s biggest classical music festival, the BBC Proms, ahead of its upcoming eight week summer season starting in July.

The event will take place at the historic Grade II listed building and home to EFDSS and the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library Cecil Sharp House in Trefusis Hall, located off Regents Park in Camden. CSH is a 10 minute walk from Camden Town underground station.

Doors for registration will open at 4pm and the discussion will run from 4:15pm – 5:45pm. Guests are invited to stay on after the discussion to have a drink at the venue’s bar and network with friends and colleagues.

About David Pickard @davidkpickard
David Pickard studied Music at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge before starting his career at the Royal Opera House. In his early career, David worked at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park and was the Assistant Director for the Japan Festival before becoming Sir John Drummond’s deputy at the European Arts Festival. In 1993 he was appointed Chief Executive of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, before then, in 2001, being made General Director of Glyndebourne Festival. In November 2015, David took up the role of Director of the BBC Proms.

About Gary Carpenter @GaryMCarpenter
A BASCA board director and chair of the classical committee, Gary Carpenter has written operas, musicals, ballets, a radio-drama, films scores and concert music. Garry won the British Clavichord Society Composition Competition in 2004 for Van Assendelft’s Vermeer and has been short-listed three times for British Composer Awards, winning in 2006. Recent works include The Food Of Love; twelve Shakespeare songs commissioned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Dadaville (BBCSO, Sakari Oramo) for The First Night of the 2015 Proms.

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