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Croeso to our new board members

We're welcoming in the new year with some great news about our new board members.

We're particularly pleased to announce that female conductor, winner of the Solti prize, and recent graduate, Tianyi Lu is one of five new members joining our board of directors this year.

These new trustees reflect our ongoing commitment to excellence and inclusion, collaboration and making a difference to society.

We look forward to welcoming them to the RWCMD community:

• April Koyejo-Audiger, opera singer and opera maker, and former Jette Parker Anniversary Company Artist 21-22 for The Royal Opera House.

‘As an opera singer/creator and advocate, I am looking forward to bringing my experiences to the board and also getting to know this wonderful community in a more in-depth way.’
April Koyejo-Audiger

Ian Lewis, founder of media consultancy, film and TV distribution and production company Serenroc, and Deputy Chair on the board of the National Film and Television School. Previously Group Director for Sky Cinema.

‘I feel very privileged to be joining the board of governors at such an exciting time for the College. The whole creative sector is in such a dynamic moment and the needs of the industry are changing rapidly.

RWCMD is already a world class organisation but I’ve also been very impressed by the way they are approaching change in the creative sector, dealing with these changes in thoughtful and innovative ways which will benefit all students and other stakeholders for years to come.

I very much hope my experience gained in the media industries and as a board member in other creative educational institutes will enable me to add some value to an already exciting plan for the College’
Ian Lewis

Tianyi Lu, Conductor-in-Residence with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra in Norway, WNO Female Conductor in Residence, and Artist Ambassador for Opera for Peace, as well as an RWCMD graduate.

'As a relatively recent graduate of RWCMD, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to support and contribute to its development by becoming a trustee.

I believe deeply in the College and its position to create the next generation of courageous, empathetic artists in our changing world, and I would be proud to help raise its unique international profile as an institution that leads the way in international conservatoire practice.’
Tianyi Lu

David Ruebain, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Culture, Equality and Inclusion at the University of Sussex and former Chief Executive of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama.

‘I am delighted to be joining the Royal Welsh College, renowned in providing conservatoire education.

I hope to bring some experience of the challenges and opportunities facing this essential part of the higher education sector and to support passionate performing arts students from all walks of life.’
David Ruebain

Nitin Sawhney CBE, musician, composer, producer and Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement recipient.

‘I am very honoured to be joining the board at RWCMD as I have great admiration for its policies and development of innovative and inclusive creative thinking in the arts.

The music department is very exciting in its approach to embracing new work and programming inspiring performance. I look forward to contributing my own experience and perspective to that broad culture.’
Nitin Sawhney

Led by chairman John Derrick, the RWCMD board also includes Manon Antoniazzi, Dr Ben Calvert, Mario Ferelli, Natasha Hale, Aled Miles and Roger Munnings, Students Union President Natalie Roe and staff representative Lucy Hall.

Together with these existing trustees, our board now has an exceptional breadth and depth of skills and experience which will play an essential part in achieving our ambitions.

They’ll support us in our training, and nurturing our next generation of artists, preparing them to join the creative industries as forward-thinking, artistic contributors to society.

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