Chief Executive, Kent Music
After a degree in Music at Cardiff University and postgraduate study at the Royal Northern College of Music, Peter Bolton started a career in arts management in 1985. His early career was spent in short term contracts with various festivals in this country and abroad including the Edinburgh International Festival and Festival of Sydney before a stint as Tour Manager for The Academy of Ancient Music. He has been the Music Officer for Southern Arts Board, Concert Hall Manager for the Turner Sims Concert Hall in Southampton and Chief Executive & Artistic Director of Norfolk & Norwich Festival. From 2004 – 2008 he ran his own business, Ovation, which included programming the International Orchestral Series at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham and Artistic Director of Petworth Festival as well as providing consultancy services to arts organisations throughout England. In September 2008 he took up the post of Chief Executive of Kent Music which in 2012 became the lead partner for the Music Education Hub for Kent. The Hub is funded by Arts Council England to work with schools, teachers, arts organisations and other partners to provide music education opportunities for all children and young people in the county.
How Arts Subjects can Improve Your School –The Evidence Base
A squeeze on school budgets and the introduction of the EBacc are putting arts subjects under pressure in schools. Research shows that schools with strong arts programmes perform better overall. This workshop will explore the critical contribution that the arts play to the well-being of students and achievement in STEM subjects. Inviting school leaders to help illustrate the workshop, we will talk about why and how the arts can contribute to the success of a healthy happy school.