Performances Birmingham Ltd Announces New Chief Executive

Nick Reed named as new Chief Executive Officer for Town Hall Symphony Hall

Nick Reed, currently Chief Executive of Manchester’s renowned Bridgewater Hall has been appointed as Chief Executive to replace Andrew Jowett OBE, who retires in early 2016.

Nick Reed brings with him a wealth of experience from a thirty year career in the UK and Europe. He has led theatres and concert halls in England and Wales, and launched The Helix, a new arts centre in Dublin. For the past ten years he has been Chief Executive of the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester’s iconic international concert venue. In addition to leading the Bridgewater Hall, Nick has been active in new business development for SMG Europe, responding to the challenges facing many local authorities in how they manage their arts facilities.

Anita Bhalla, Chair of Performances Birmingham Ltd commented,

Nick offers Performances Birmingham Ltd the right mix of leadership, artistic knowledge and commercial acumen as it looks to build on the achievements of the past twenty five years. In particular, Nick’s commercial experience at Bridgewater Hall will be important to the future development of Town Hall Symphony Hall

Nick Reed has strong links with Birmingham. His family moved here when he was just one year old and he attended King Edward VI School in Edgbaston.

Nick Reed added,

I am thrilled to be coming back to Birmingham as Chief Executive of these two great concert halls. I grew up going to concerts at Town Hall and I have delighted in seeing Symphony Hall take its place as one of the finest halls in the world. Birmingham has always been a major centre for the arts and entertainment and the transformation the city is currently undergoing will enhance its reputation further. I am passionate about music and its place in all our lives and want to ensure that future generations benefit from this musical heritage.

Andrew Jowett commented,

I have known Nick Reed for over twenty years and think he will do a fantastic job for PBL and I look forward to working with him on the handover.

Nick Reed will formally take up his role in early 2016.

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Notes to editor:

About Nick Reed

Nick was born in Basildon, Essex but his family moved to Birmingham before he was one year old. He grew up first in Harbourne before moving to Stourbridge where he lived from the age of eleven.

Nick attended King Edward VI School in Edgbaston before reading politics at Sheffield University. At Sheffield Nick was involved with various local bands, and promoted various different live events. Despite performing with Eddie Izzard, it became clear that his aspirations to pursue a career in the entertainment sector would best be pursued behind the scenes.

Shortly after graduating, Nick started his career in the sector by sweeping floors in the village halls of Broxbourne and gradually gaining experience in virtually every aspect of live performance. Nick’s 30 year career has witnessed a period of huge technological change from manual box offices to virtual tickets, but the communal joy of an audience enjoying a live performance together has been an abiding constant.

Nick has led theatres and concert halls in England and Wales, and launched The Helix, a new arts centre in Dublin. For the past ten years he has been Chief Executive of the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester’s iconic international concert venue. In addition to leading the Bridgewater Hall, Nick has been active in new business development for SMG Europe, responding to the challenges facing many local authorities in how they manage their arts facilities. Nick is currently a trustee of Manchester’s Band on the Wall.

Nick is married to Carole and they have three children. He lives in Kidderminster and Glossop.

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Background

Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a Registered Charity No 1053937. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of around 800 concerts and events a year, connecting people of all ages and backgrounds to music from jazz, folk, world, roots and classical, to rock and pop. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and almost 12,000 young people and 6,000 adults participate in the thriving Education and Community programme.

Funded by Birmingham City Council
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council (£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.7m), European Regional Development Fund (£3m).

Media enquiries

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Issue date: 14/8/2015