Arts Council chief visits UK's only music and dance conservatoire

Alan Davey, Chief Executive of Arts Council England (ACE) spent time recently at the dance and music faculties of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Alan began his visit at the Laban Building in Deptford, discovering more about the pioneering work done by the Dance Science Lab on injury prevention in professional artists, and minimising injury for dancers of all ages. Alan then watched some of the technical production work taking place ahead of rehearsals in the Laban Theatre.

At Trinity Laban's Faculty of Music in Greenwich, Alan sat in on a jazz improvisation class with the Head of Jazz, Simon Purcell, and Year 3 students. He then joined senior managers for a discussion about the role of conservatoires in arts education.

Trinity Laban Principal, Professor Anthony Bowne, said: "Alan is a great champion of the creative arts, and it has been a pleasure to show him just a small part of our world class specialist conservatoire training, as well as our community engagement work.

"Trinity Laban staff and students make a huge contribution to providing access to the arts for our local community which includes some of London's poorest areas, as well as nurturing gifted and talented children and young people.

"The Government's endorsement of programmes such as music hubs enables us to expand the work we are already doing and introduce many more young people to the wonderful world of music and dance."

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Picture - Alan Davey (l) with Trinity Laban Principal, Professor Anthony Bowne. Picture credit - Jamie Simonds

Around 8,000 children and young people participate each year through Trinity Laban's school and community outreach programmes. Of these, 450 gifted and talented young people receive specialised tuition and coaching through our Junior Trinity and Dance CAT programmes.

Alan Davey was appointed Chief Executive of the Arts Council in November 2007. Alan was Director for Culture at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport from 2003 until December 2006, having previously worked in the Department as the Head of the Arts Division since 2001. In an earlier stint at the then Department of National Heritage he was responsible for designing the National Lottery.

Alan has also worked at the Department of Health, where he led the Modernising Division and held the post of Secretary to the Royal Commission on Long Term Care. He has been a visiting Fulbright/Helen Hamlyn Scholar at the University of Maryland and has degrees from the universities of Birmingham, Oxford and London.

Alan is well known for his passionate interest in, and advocacy of, the arts, as well as for his unrivalled knowledge of public policy in this area.

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