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Patrick Hayes Award 2017
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2017 Patrick HAYES Award Recipient

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Louise Mitchell

Louise Mitchell

Louise Mitchell is Chief Executive of the Bristol Music Trust, an independent charity set up in 2011 to champion music in Bristol, and to secure a sustainable future for Colston Hall; the largest concert hall in south-west England.

Previously, Louise was the first ever director of Glasgow UNESCO City of Music, an organisation to promote the award of the title City of Music by UNESCO. Before this she was head of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for 13 years, spearheading the regeneration of two of Glasgow’s most revered venues, the City Halls and the Old Fruitmarket, and nurtured the word famous Celtic Connections Festival. 

Louise has worked in arts management for over 20 years. She studied the University of St Andrews where she gained a masters degree, followed by a Diploma in Arts Administration from City University, London. Her first job in music was as an interpreter for the Hawick Pipe Band’s French tour, followed by a short spell as Assistant Manager of the Scottish Baroque Ensemble and five years as Concerts Manager of the London Sinfonietta.

After three years of freelancing, she became Assistant Director of the Edinburgh International Festival responsible for music programming. She returned to London as Music Programme Manager at the Barbican Centre, managing the relationship with the London Symphony Orchestra as orchestra in residence, and finally as Concerts Director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra before moving to Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall in 1996.

Louise sits on the boards of the ABO, British Paraorchestra and Destination Bristol, is a Trustee of the Royal Philharmonic Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Director or the British Association Concert Halls, and a past Board Member of the International Society for the Performing Arts.

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