Director General of the BBC joins Trinity Laban Honorary Fellow family

Lord Hall of Birkenhead, Director General of the BBC, was made an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in a private ceremony in London (Wednesday 5 November 2014), for services to the arts and education, and as a patron and advocate of music and dance.

Lord Hall joins a long list of accomplished professionals in the fields of the performing arts and education who have become Trinity Laban Honorary Fellows, including Matthew Bourne, Cleo Laine, Akram Khan, Catherine Bott, Ravi Shankar and Louis de Bernières.

Lord Hall says: “I’m delighted to be joining such a distinguished group of Honorary Fellows. Trinity Laban’s international reputation reflects the huge success it’s having and the passion for music and dance shared by staff and students alike. It’s something I feel deeply too.”

Trinity Laban Chairman, Lord Lipsey, says: "Tony Hall is a good friend to Trinity Laban. His passion for music and dance, and for music and dance education, is boundless, and I am delighted that he has joined our Trinity Laban family.”

The ceremony was attended by distinguished guests such as Honorary Fellows the Rt Hon Dame Joan Ruddock MP and Darren Henley, Managing Director of Classic FM. Guests enjoyed a recital by three members of the Piatti String Quartet and flautist Claire Wickes, playing Mozart’s Flute Quartet No. 1 in D Major, and a harp recital by second year BA (Mus) student Lucia Stone.

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Picture - Lord Hall receives his Honorary Fellow certificate from Lord Lipsey, Chair of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (picture credit jk_photography)

Lord Hall was appointed Director-General of the BBC on 22 November 2012. Prior to this, Lord Hall was Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House from April 2001 until April 2013.

Lord Hall joined the BBC as a news trainee in 1973 and during a 28 year career at the Corporation he held roles including Senior Producer at World at One, Assistant Editor of the Nine O'Clock News and Output Editor for Newsnight, culminating as Chief Executive of BBC News from 1996 to 2001. While at the BBC he launched Radio 5 Live, BBC News 24, BBC News Online and BBC Parliament.

While at the Royal Opera House, he set up ROH2, a department devoted to supporting new artists and developing new audiences, and introduced new initiatives to widen access to the Opera House - including big screen relays to locations across the UK, Paul Hamlyn matinees, and other low price ticket schemes.

Lord Hall was Chair of the Music and Dance Scheme Advisory Board, and led a Dance Review for the Department for Education and Skills resulting in an additional £5 million awarded for dance education. He was a member of the Management Committee of the Clore Leadership Programme until 2011. He was on the Culture and Creative Advisory Forum panel for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. He was appointed to the board of the British Council in 2008.

In July 2009, he was asked by the Government and Mayor of London to set up and chair a board to direct the Cultural Olympiad, and also joined the Board of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. He was appointed a CBE in 2005 and in 2010 was created a life peer with the title Baron Hall of Birkenhead. He sits on the Crossbenches in the House of Lords.

Claire Wickes is the 2014-15 Richard Carne Junior Fellow (Individual) at Trinity Laban. She has performed as guest principal flute with the BBC Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras, and is currently on trial as principal flautist of the English National Opera, and sub-principal flautist of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

The Piatti Quartet are the 2014-15 Richard Carne Junior Fellows in String Quartet at Trinity Laban. One of the UK’s foremost young string quartets, the Piatti have a host of awards and critically acclaimed recordings to their name.

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