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Royal Albert Hall CEO Chris Cotton retires

Daniel Gumble
Royal Albert Hall CEO Chris Cotton retires

Royal Albert Hall CEO, Chris Cotton, has announced his retirement after seven years at the helm of the iconic London venue.

The 67-year old has overseen several major development projects during his tenure, which have helped improve the venue and its status as a world-leading live events location.

“Under Chris’s guardianship the Hall has flourished. His legacy speaks for itself,” said the Royal Albert Hall’s president, Jon Moynihan OBE.

“The results of the Hall have improved tremendously since Chris took the helm, while at the same time he has overseen major infrastructure and improvement works of the Grade I listed building, setting the foundation for even better results, more shows, and greater public benefit in our future.”
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Cotton added: “It has been an honour to harness and direct the incredible talent that exists in and around this vibrant charity. The Royal Albert Hall’s services to the wider arts community and public life far exceed its capacity as a venue. There is nothing more memorable than being part of and soaking up the audience’s receptiveness and responsiveness to a performance on the Royal Albert Hall stage.”

The Hall’s education and outreach programme has grown extensively under Cotton’s leadership, with a growing number of participants across the country exemplifying his legacy. The wide programme of ever increasing international artists’ performances continues on and beyond the main stage.

The process to find a successor has already commenced with the planned recruitment timetable allowing for an appointment by the end of March 2017. Heather Newill, managing director of AEM International has been appointed to lead the search.


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