Honoring the past, shaping the future. A Lecture by David Pickard


From 17 January 2019




Garage Auditorium


The lecture will cover some major issues confronting today’s leaders in the arts, focusing on how to successfully combine traditions and modern trends.

How can opera companies remain relevant in the twenty-first century and education work enhance the artistic program of a festival? David Pickard will discuss these and other questions, based on his personal experience working in the arts for the past thirty-five years.  Particular reference will be made to his recent work running two long standing UK Festivals—Glyndebourne and the BBC Proms.  David will also explore the challenge of respecting the traditions of well-established arts organizations whilst ensuring that they continue to grow and develop.    

The lecture is part of the series “Theories and practices of cultural leadership” organized by Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in collaboration with the Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy.


David Pickard is a Director of the BBC Proms, the world’s greatest classical music festival, since 2015.  After studying Music at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, David Pickard embarked on a career that would see him work at the Open Air Theatre in Regents Park and the Japan Festival before becoming Sir John Drummond’s deputy at the European Arts Festival. In 1993 he was appointed Chief Executive of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and in 2001 was made General Director of Glyndebourne Festival.


Free admission with advance registration.

 The lecture will be hel d in English with interpreting into Russian.

 The lecture will be accessible for deaf and hard of hearing visitors and will be interpreted into Russian Sign Language.