Sir Nicholas Kenyon

Sir Nicholas Kenyon

Managing Director, Barbican Centre

As Managing Director of the Barbican, Nick works for the City of London Corporation which is one of the largest patrons of the arts in the UK. The Centre provides all the art-forms, including music, theatre and dance, art galleries and cinemas, as well as a thriving commercial offer. He came to the Centre after twelve seasons as Director of the BBC Proms which hugely increased their reach and popularity.

The vision of the Barbican is ‘arts without boundaries’, and it has developed its offer of world-class arts and learning to embrace creative learning beyond the walls, especially in East London.  With the Director of the Museum of London, he has been central to the creation of Culture Mile, a coordinated project of  the City of London Corporation, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London Symphony Orchestra, the Barbican and the Museum of London to develop the north-west of the City of London into an international cultural district that is accessible and welcoming. Launched in 2017, this is a long-term project which will be enhance the look and feel of the area as new transport links arrive,  and increase co-ordination and collaboration between the existing venues.

Nick has written widely about music and the arts, and is the author of books on Bach, Mozart, Simon Rattle, and early music. He has edited The City of London: a Companion Guide. He has been a member of Arts Council England and many other arts boards. He was knighted in 2008 and has received the British Academy President’s Medal for outstanding service to the arts and humanities.