Irish Director, John Gilhooly OBE has been listed in 2016’s Sunday Times / Debrett’s Most Influential People in Britain
Britain’s most prestigious annual list of influencers, published in today’s Sunday Times (24 January 2016), features a stand-out Irish name. John Gilhooly, the Limerick-born Artistic Director of London’s famous Wigmore Hall is recognised as one of Britain’s 500 Most Influential People.
The Sunday Times / Debrett’s annual list is a positive endorsement of the country’s most influential leaders and according to the newspaper ‘is regarded as a truly inspiring group of people’. The Sunday Times added ‘the list recognises the exceptional people working in Britain today and acknowledges power, talent, hard work, brilliance, originality and, in short, achievement’.
For almost 250 years, Debrett’s has been recognising people of influence and achievement in British society. Beginning with the annual journal ‘The Peerage’ in 1769, it later expanded to ‘People of Today’, which recognises a major network of significant figures across all walks of life.
Apart from UCD graduate John Gilhooly, a new entry, other names of this year’s prestigious list include: The Duchess of Cambridge, Boris Johnson, Sir Anish Kapoor, Dame Carol Ann Duffy and Sir Nicholas Serota.
Full details are given on The Sunday Times / Debrett’s website. The roll call of luminaries, chosen by a panel of distinguished independent experts, includes 25 categories across society from every background, including politics, advertising, sport, education and journalism.
More about John Gilhooly
John Gilhooly OBE, Artistic and Executive Director of Wigmore Hall / Chairman, Royal Philharmonic Society
John Gilhooly became Director of Wigmore Hall in early 2005, making him the youngest leader of any of the world’s great concert halls. He had been Executive Director of Wigmore Hall since December 2000, and is credited with having overseen the artistic, financial and administrative transformation of the Hall over the past 15 years.
His tenure as Director has produced record box office returns and the Hall’s highest ever membership levels, as well as a tripling of overall revenue and annual fundraising. As Artistic Director of Wigmore Hall, he programmes the largest chamber music and song series in the world, and he is particularly noted for his commitment to outstanding emerging artists and new music.
About Wigmore Hall
London’s Wigmore Hall has been described by The Times as “The greatest chamber-music venue in the world”. The proportions and acoustics of the Hall, situated in the heart of London’s West End, make it an ideal and friendly venue for concerts on an intimate scale.
Ever since it opened in 1901, the Hall has been an essential port of call for the world’s most sought-after soloists and chamber musicians. It also fosters the careers of talented young artists, some of them making their first professional appearance in London. All in all it presents some 430 events a year, attracting discerning, appreciative and exceptionally loyal audiences and selling 180,000 or more tickets each year. Concerts are taken to a national and international audience of millions of listeners through a partnership with BBC Radio 3 and through Internet broadcasts. A new TV relationship with Sky Arts has also just been announced. In 2005 the venue’s own recording label, Wigmore Hall Live, was launched.
A lively and wide-reaching Community and Education programme involves schools, nurseries, further education providers, families, individuals, local hospitals and dementia patients in creative workshops, special concerts and study days.
John Gilhooly is Artistic and Executive Director of Wigmore Hall.