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Darren Henley OBE appointed ABRSM Trustee

6 years ago


Darren HenleyABRSM, the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music, is delighted to announce that Darren Henley OBE, Managing Director of Global Radio's national classical music station Classic FM, has been appointed a Trustee of the organisation with effect from today. He is also the author of the independent review which led to the government creating England's first National Plan for Music Education.

Colette Bowe, Chairman of ABRSM, commented on the appointment: ‘I am delighted that Darren has accepted our invitation to join ABRSM’s Board of Trustees. He brings a wealth of experience, both in the commercial and music education sectors. Darren joins us at a time of significant change within the UK music education environment. His wealth of knowledge and understanding of the field will provide invaluable support to us in our desire to be evermore closely connected and supportive of colleagues across the sector.’

Referring to his new appointment, Darren Henley said: ‘Alongside the four Royal Schools of Music, ABRSM is held in the highest esteem, both in the UK and around the world, widely acknowledged as a huge force for good in music education. Right now, it's a particularly exciting time to become involved in the organisation, as its innovative and farsighted work has never been more important or relevant to the music education world as a whole.’

About Darren Henley

Darren Henley is the Managing Director of Global Radio's national classical music station, Classic FM. The author of two major government reviews on Music Education and Cultural Education, he has advised ministers from the Department for Education, Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Department for Communities and Local Government in England, as well as the Scottish Government. He chairs the Mayor of London’s Music Education Steering Group and is Vice-President of the Canterbury Festival. For three years from 2007-2010, he chaired the Music Manifesto, a government-backed campaign to improve music education in schools.

The author of 24 books about classical music and musicians, Darren studied politics at the University of Hull. In 2012, he was awarded the Sir Charles Groves Prize for his outstanding contribution to British music; he was appointed an OBE in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to music.

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