Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Royal Albert Hall CEO announces retirement

1:59, 13th June 2016

Royal Albert Hall CEO Chris Cotton has announced his retirement.

He will step down at the age of 67 following seven years in the post.

‘The Hall has flourished under Chris’s guardianship,’ said Jon Moynihan, president of the RAH. ‘His legacy speaks for itself. The results of the Hall have improved tremendously since Chris took the helm, while at the same time he has overseen major infrastructure and improvement works of the Grade I listed building, setting the foundation for even better results, more shows, and greater public benefit in our future.’

Cotton has overseen more than £30m worth of improvements over the past five years, and further extended the hall’s education and outreach programme.

‘It has been an honour to harness and direct the incredible talent that exists in and around this vibrant charity,’ Cotton said.

‘The Royal Albert Hall’s services to the wider arts community and public life far exceed its capacity as a venue. There is nothing more memorable than being part of and soaking up the audience’s receptiveness and responsiveness to a performance on the Royal Albert Hall stage.’

The process to find a successor has already commenced, and it is hoped that a replacement will be appointed by the end of March 2017. Heather Newill, managing director of AEM International, will lead the search.

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