Appointment: Chair of the Britten-Pears Foundation
SIR VERNON ELLIS APPOINTED AS NEW CHAIR OF THE BRITTEN–PEARS FOUNDATION
The Britten–Pears Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Sir Vernon Ellis as its new Chair. He is a major supporter of the arts in roles that include the President of English National Opera, Chair of the National Opera Studio and the Leeds International Piano Competition and as a trustee of the Royal Philharmonic Society. From 2010 until 2016 he was the Chair of the British Council. For the last 12 years through his Foundation he has hosted over 80 concerts a year in support of musicians and musical organisations at his London home. In the 2011 New Year’s Honours he was knighted for his services to music.
Sir Vernon says: ‘I am a great fan of Britten’s music and I have visited his home, The Red House, many times. In addition to Britten’s music, he and his partner Peter Pears left a unique and important legacy to the county and beyond and I look forward to working with the board of the foundation to continuing their work to celebrate one of the UK’s most important composers.’
General Director, Sarah Bardwell says of the appointment: ‘we are delighted that Vernon has accepted the role. With his incredible commitment to the arts, this new chapter in our history will help bring more awareness of the support we give and the work we do to shed light on Benjamin Britten’s life and music at his home in Aldeburgh, Suffolk.’
Current Chair Nick Prettejohn will step down in early June after eight years in post when Sir Vernon will take up the role.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Sir Vernon Ellis (b. 1947) was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford, and graduated as MA in 1969. He worked at Accenture from 1969 and advanced in roles within the company which culminated as International Chairman from 2000-2008 before his appointment as Chair of the British Council (2010-2016).
Sir Vernon has been involved as Chair or Trustee of many arts organisations including English National Opera, Classical Opera, National Opera Studio and London Music Masters. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music. He holds an honorary fellowship from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and honorary doctorates from Goldsmiths, University of London, Queen's University Belfast and Warwick University.
The foundation exists to ensure that the legacy of Britten and Pears continues to be enjoyed worldwide. With a mission to reveal Britten’s genius, the foundation promotes his legacy, developing his vision and inspiring new audiences.
The Foundation is based at The Red House, the former home of Britten and Pears, in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. It is a registered charity formed in 1986 when the estates of Britten and Pears were reconstructed following the latter’s death. Its annual income largely derives from the royalties arising from worldwide performances and broadcasts of Britten’s works.
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