The Board of Directors of Leeds College of Music is delighted to announce the appointment of Gerry Godley as the conservatoire’s new Principal and Managing Director. The Board was joined for the selection by John Wallace, Principal at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and was unanimous in its choice.
Gerry Godley is currently director of Improvised Music Company (IMC), an Arts Council funded resource organisation for jazz and related music, established by Irish musicians and supporters in 1991. Today it is among Ireland’s leading specialist music producers with a portfolio that includes 12 Points, the award winning festival showcase for emerging European artists that rotates its location between Dublin and other European cities, and Down With Jazz, the festival of creative music that draws its inspiration from Ireland’s anti-jazz campaign of the 1930s.
Gerry is a saxophonist and has worked both as a freelance musician as well as a teacher. With strong entrepreneurial skills, he has built and delivered a programme of educational provision for emerging practitioners, and has served as Secretary General of the European Jazz Network.
The Chair of the Board of Directors, Libby Raper, said: “We are very much looking forward to working with Gerry and we are confident he is the right person to take Leeds College of Music forward. He will join our hugely capable executive team, bringing complementary skills and experience, which will ensure the conservatoire continues to deliver an innovative, relevant and excellent educational experience for our students.”
Outgoing Principal, Philip Meaden, added: “I was delighted to learn of Gerry Godley’s appointment. His experience and skills make him perfectly suited to leading the next phase of the conservatoire’s development, and I look forward to learning more of his exciting plans for its future.”
Gerry Godley said: “It’s a great honour to be appointed to this significant role at Leeds College of Music. While I've worked with artists in many genres and at many stages of their life in music, my focus over the last decade has been at the early stages of career development, and it’s given me valuable insight into the challenges and opportunities for musicians and educators throughout Europe. As it marks fifty years, I'm looking forward to playing my part in the next stage of the conservatoire's journey, and embracing life in one of the UK’s academic and cultural hubs.”
Gerry will take up the post from 22 September 2014.
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