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Wiltshire Music Centre gets Covid lifeline and names new CEO

Written by Peter Davison on .

James Slater


Arts venue Wiltshire Music Centre has been awarded nearly £57,000 as part of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen.

The Bradford on Avon venue – which plays host to some of the world's top classical, jazz, folk, and world musicians – has also appointed a new chief executive and artistic director.

James Slater, who is founder and former artistic director of the Mid-Wales Chamber Orchestra, has been artistic director at WMC since 2013 and interim chief executive since November 2020, took up the dual role on Good Friday – the same day as the £56,898 Culture Recovery Fund grant was confirmed.

"We are completely thrilled to have been awarded funding from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund," said James.

"This grant together with the tremendous ongoing support of our Friends and Angels, volunteers, sponsors and supporters, will enable us to continue to serve our community at this critical time.

"It will also help us to take significant strides towards rebuilding our artistic and community programmes, to enable people to come back together through music as society reopens, and to develop our business model to ensure a more sustainable future.

"Wiltshire Music Centre has played a vital role in the musical story of Wiltshire for almost 24 years and I am delighted to work with the exceptional team here and lead the organisation into its next chapter.”