Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Arts Council appoints new director of music

11:01, 8th January 2018

The Arts Council has appointed Claire Mera-Nelson as director, music and London. She will assume the position in March.

Dr Mera-Nelson, who is currently director of music at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and executive director of Blackheath Halls, has over 18 years’ experience in higher education.

Active as a period instrument performer until 2009, she performed extensively across the world as a chamber musician and with ensembles including the English Touring Opera, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Florilegium, the Gabrieli Consort, the London Handel Orchestra, and The Sixteen, with whom she performed regularly for more than 15 years.

During her time at Trinity Laban, she has introduced opportunities for the education of musicians in collaborative practice, in audience engagement and interdisciplinary working, and in the provision of specialist music learning opportunities in the digital domain.

She said she was ‘absolutely delighted’ at the appointment, adding: ‘My experience as a performer and educator of musicians, and especially my many happy years at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, have given me a very broad perspective on the world of music and the wider arts sector in London. I very much look forward to working closely with the whole music sector, and with a wide range of other arts organisations across London, to understand their needs and challenges and to do everything I can to support their work within my new role.’

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