Gemma Okell announced as new Director of Blackheath Halls

Trinity Laban are delighted to announce that Gemma Okell is the new Director of Blackheath Halls.

Taking up her post in April, Gemma will continue to broaden and develop Blackheath Halls’ diverse programme of concerts and events, as well as building on the venue’s thriving community programmes. She will also work closely with staff and students of the Faculty of Music, for whom Blackheath Halls is an important home for rehearsal and performance activities.

Gemma brings a wealth of experience in artistic programming, participation, management and fundraising, as well as a particular passion for working with children and young people.

Gemma commented:

“I am thrilled to be taking up this post at Blackheath Halls, an established home for live music, comedy, children's theatre and community events in South East London. It’s a very important time for the venue, as we embark on a £2 million renovation of this Grade II listed building. I look forward to creating artistic programmes that will engage existing loyal supporters, attract new audiences and develop the relationship with Trinity Laban’s international community of students and staff “

Professor Anthony Bowne, Principal of Trinity Laban and Chair of Blackheath Halls, commented:

“On behalf of everyone at Trinity Laban and Blackheath Halls, I am thrilled to welcome Gemma, who brings not only a wealth of knowledge and experience, but also a deep-rooted passion for what we do. Blackheath Halls has an extraordinary and illustrious history, and we are all excited to work with Gemma on its next chapter.”