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Professor Helena Gaunt Appointed New Principal

17 April 2018

Croeso! A very warm welcome to Professor Helena Gaunt who has been appointed as the College’s new Principal.

Helena will take up the post from our current Interim Principal, Professor George Caird, on 1st September 2018.

“I am delighted to be joining the Royal Welsh College at this exciting time in its development,” said Professor Gaunt.

“Already established as a world class institution in Wales with an outstanding performance programme and educational opportunities, the stage is set to deepen and extend the College’s impact both in Wales and internationally.

I look forward to working with the Board of Directors, staff and students, and to being part of the National Conservatoire of Wales.”

Helena Gaunt will join the College from Guildhall School of Music & Drama where she is currently Vice Principal and Director of Innovation.

A highly experienced conservatoire professional, musician, leader, teacher and author, she is passionate about artistic development, creative and cultural entrepreneurship within the industry.

Helena has extensive professional experience as a musician and member of the Britten Sinfonia. Among her other roles she is a Visiting Professor at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Finland, as well as being a National Teaching Fellow and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Former RWCMD Principal Dame Hilary Boulding, now President of Trinity College, Oxford, said:

“Helena brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of the international conservatoire sector. She cares passionately about the quality and nature of the training of young artists.

In this new role leading Wales’ National Conservatoire she has so much to contribute and I look forward to the future development of this wonderful institution under her leadership.”

Helena will be visiting the College on a regular basis this term and will try to meet as many students and staff as possible before she formally takes up her role in September.

Read the full press release here.