Speaker David Sulkin talks about the research his organization, Help Musicians UK, has done on symphony orchestras as workplaces and some of the measures that forward-thinking UK orchestras are beginning to put into place.
David has been Executive Director of Help Musicians UK since 2009. He was born in Sussex and studied Theatre at the Rose Bruford College. Since graduating he has worked in theatre, music, opera and arts education. He was the Director of the Royal Court Young People’s Theatre and the Young Writers’ Festival. He helped set up the International Festival or Young Playwrights in Australia. Later he founded and became the first director of the Baylis Programme at English National Opera and later Associate Director of the International Janáček Festival in the Czech Republic. In 1999 he became the Director of Policy and Programmes at Youth Music and, in 2009, moved to Help Musicians UK. He was awarded an OBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours for his work in the arts, in education and for services to numerous charities. In 2014 became Associate Director of the International Janáček Festival for a second time. He has directed many plays and operas all over the world.
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