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Louise Mitchell

Louise Mitchell was appointed in 2011 as chief executive of the Bristol Music Trust, an independent charitable trust set up that year to drive forward music in Bristol and to help secure a sustainable future for Colston Hall. Previously, she was the first Director of Glasgow UNESCO City of Music, a position taken up after being at the head of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for 13 years where she spearheaded the regeneration of two of Glasgow’s most revered venues: the City Halls and the Old Fruitmarket. This role also included responsibility for the world renowned Celtic Connections Festival. Previous experience includes positions with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Barbican Centre and as Assistant Director of the Edinburgh International Festival.

She is a board member of the Association of British Orchestras and Destination Bristol; a trustee of the British Paraorchestra, the honorary secretary for the Royal Philharmonic Society; a Royal Society of Arts fellow; a director of the British Association of Concert Halls and also a past board member of International Society for Performing Arts.


In 2017 Louise was awarded the Patrick Hayes Award by the International Society for Performing Arts, recognising exceptional transformative leadership in the performing arts.

Events featuring this speaker

Beyond Apologies: Past Guilt and Urban Futures

Michele Curtis, Thomas Hermann, Lawrence Hoo, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, Louise Mitchell, Olivette Otele, Anne Thomas, Andrew Kelly

Writers, artists, academics and activists debate how guilty cities should feel about their past and – critically – what cities should do about this to create better futures for all.

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16 October 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm Watershed