The Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) has appointed Sue Pope as Education and Outreach Manager, to start in November 2018. The news comes following three new appointments to AAM’s Board of Trustees: Ashutosh Khandekar, Managing Editor of Rhinegold Publishing and Editor-in-Chief of Opera Now Magazine; Kim Waldock, former Director of Learning and Engagement at Sydney Symphony and Head of National Programmes at the Royal Opera House; and Paul Baumann CBE, Chief Financial Officer of NHS England and shortly to be Receiver General of Westminster Abbey.

AAM Chief Executive Alexander Van Ingen said: “I am very pleased to announce these new appointments. Sue, Ash, Kim and Paul offer a wealth of experience, and I’m looking forward to working with them as we continue to develop AAM’s offering on the concert stage, in the classroom, and through recordings for audiences around the world.”

“The role of Education and Outreach Manager is important for AAM as we develop a range of outreach projects to engage more people and communities across the UK: exploring, preserving and revealing some of the most powerful music ever written. We are very grateful to our supporters who enable our work, and in particular to the Ernest Cook and R K Charitable Trusts who have supported the Education & Outreach Manager’s post.”

Sue Pope has worked for almost 20 years in the field of heritage education where she has managed several museum learning services and worked for the National Trust. In 2015 she combined her love of history and music by becoming a freelance heritage education specialist, part-time music teacher and historic performer in her own costumed group, A Merrie Noyse. Speaking of her new role, Pope comments:

“I am absolutely delighted to be offered this opportunity to work with AAM, and to build on the orchestra’s successful track record of learning activity, developing new partnerships and taking our music to an even wider audience. This is such an exciting role, and one that I thoroughly look forward to undertaking.”

Ashutosh Khandekar, Kim Waldock and Paul Baumann CBE will join the Board of Trustees from November 2018.

Ashutosh Khandekar commented: “AAM played a formative role in my early musical life. As a young tenor in the choir of New College Oxford, I was fortunate to perform and record with AAM under Christopher Hogwood, which gave me first-hand experience of how stylish period-instrument playing could bring Baroque music to life. I feel honoured to be able to play a part in introducing today's audiences to the timelessness and power of great music-making in a new era of innovation.”

Kim Waldock said: “The AAM recordings featured often in my classroom while teaching in Australia, so I have felt connected to the ensemble for many years. It is a privilege to join the Board and contribute to its future.”

Paul Baumann CBE commented: “I have been a long-standing admirer of the pioneering work of AAM, so I am delighted to be joining the Board at a time of great opportunity to build on its unparalleled musical legacy”.


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