RWCMD names four new international chairs in music
6 June 2013
The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) in Cardiff has announced four new international chairs in music. The Jane Hodge Foundation International Chairs in Music and Drama will, says the college, have a 'profound impact on both the experience of the students and the national and international profile of the College'.
The new appointments are Paul Watkins, cello; Daniel Phillips, violin; Simon Keenlyside, voice and Sergei Nakariakov, trumpet. Simon Halsey continues as the holder of the Jane Hodge Foundation International Chair in Choral Conducting.
'Combined with our new world-class facilities, this second appointment of International Chairs reflects some of the key specialist areas of the College's development, including strings and voice,' said the College's director of music, John Cranmer.
'These are inspirational artists who have made a distinctive mark in their field of performance, and are committed to supporting the rising generation of performers. We are once again enormously grateful to the Jane Hodge Foundation for the generosity and encouragement which has enabled us to continue these appointments, and look forward to developing close relationships with each of these exceptional musicians over the coming two years.'
Derrek Jones, a trustee of the Foundation, said it was 'delighted to continue its support of an exciting initiative. It will ensure the wealth of experience and knowledge, held by leading international musicians, will benefit the next generation of performers who are training at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.'