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Dr Claire Mera-Nelson leaves Trinity Laban for Arts Council England

Mon 8 January 2018

Trinity Laban’s Director of Music, Dr Claire Mera-Nelson, is leaving Trinity Laban at the end of March to take up the post of Director, Music and London for Arts Council England.

Professor Anthony Bowne, Principal of Trinity Laban, paid tribute to her, saying:

“Claire has been a truly outstanding colleague. She has been an exceptional leader and ambassador for Trinity Laban, and an unparalleled creative and strategic thinker who has helped us develop and thrive. She is deeply admired and respected throughout the musical world, and it doesn’t surprise me at all that she has been asked to take up this hugely important role at Arts Council England.

As Director of Music since 2010, her achievements are numerous. Among many other things, she introduced new Musical Theatre programmes and our CoLab festival of collaboration, brokered numerous key partnerships (most recently with the Open University and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra), increased our international profile (notably through her involvement with the Association of European Conservatoires) and helped us introduce a range of innovative distance learning programmes.

As Claire departs, we have more music applications than ever before in our history, more people are making us our first choice place of study, and we enjoy an enhanced reputation across the UK and far beyond.

I thank Claire for all that she has done for us, and I wish her the greatest success in her new role.”

Trinity Laban will soon begin the process of recruiting a successor. For more information, visit the Trinity Laban website.

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