The Principal of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama has announced her intention to step down from the role next year in order to take up the position of President of Trinity College, Oxford.
Hilary Boulding will become the first female President in the 462-year history of the Oxford College when she succeeds Sir Ivor Roberts on 1st August 2017.
Ms Boulding said: “It is a great honour to have been offered this important position at one of the leading colleges of Oxford University. Trinity is well placed to build on its significant achievements during the Presidency of Sir Ivor Roberts and I look forward to playing a full part in its future development”.
During her 10-year tenure as Principal of Wales’s National Conservatoire, Hilary Boulding, who is also Chair of Conservatoires UK, oversaw a £22.5 million capital development to provide the Conservatoire with a landmark building housing state-of-the-art rehearsal and performance spaces.
“It has been an enormous privilege to lead the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama since 2007.
I am also immensely proud of all that the Royal Welsh College has achieved over the last decade to ensure that talented young people can benefit from world class Conservatoire training in Wales.”
President of the College, Lord Rowe-Beddoe said: “During Hilary’s tenure the reputation of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama has been substantially enhanced through her inspiring vision and leadership, as recognised in national league tables. Hilary will leave us with our warmest wishes and appreciation.”
Professor Julie Lydon, Vice Chancellor of the University of South Wales and Chief Executive of the USW Group said: “Hilary has made a substantial contribution to the Royal Welsh College during her tenure as principal, and we will miss her contribution as a member of the USW Group’s senior team.
We are delighted to congratulate her on this prestigious appointment and wish her all the best in her future role. ”
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Hilary Boulding was previously Director of Music for Arts Council England and before that was a producer, director and latterly a commissioning editor in arts broadcasting for the BBC. She is a non-executive director of Welsh National Opera. She is a graduate of St. Hilda’s College, Oxford.
The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, the National Conservatoire of Wales, and part of the University of South Wales Group, operates within its international peer group of conservatoires and specialist arts colleges. It trains young artists drawn from around 30 countries to provide a constant flow of emerging talent into the music and theatre industries and related professions.
The College has achieved the top ranking in the UK in the Guardian University Guide for its Drama training twice in the last three years. The College’s music training was also recognised in the music category for graduate employment, scoring higher than any other university or conservatoire for the percentage of graduates who find graduate-level jobs, or are pursuing further studies, within six months of graduation.