Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance today announced the awarding of a new Honorary Fellowship to Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC, for services to the arts and education, and as a patron and advocate of music and dance.
Tony joins a distinguished list of accomplished professionals in the fields of the performing arts and education who have become Trinity Laban Honorary Fellows, including Joan Plowright, Matthew Bourne, Cleo Laine, John Paul Jones and Louis de Bernières.
Tony Hall - Lord Hall of Birkenhead - was appointed Director-General of the BBC on 22 November 2012. He is the 16th Director-General of the BBC. Prior to this, Tony was Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House from April 2001 until April 2013.
Tony 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.
Tony said: "I am delighted to be made an honorary fellow of Trinity Laban. It is a first class conservatoire, offering first class education and opportunity. It has harnessed, shaped and grown some of our best creative talent. I am an admirer of its work and look forward to continuing to lend it my support."
Trinity Laban Chairman, Lord Lipsey, said Tony was an obvious choice for the Fellowship: "Tony Hall is a good friend to Trinity Laban. His passion for music and dance, and for music and dance education, is boundless."
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.
Tony 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. Tony 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.
Photo credit - BBC/Guy Levy
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