Thursday, October 27, 2016

Music to my ears

The BBC's new Director of Radio & Education, James Purnell, only hosted one box at this year's Proms - for the BBC Symphony Orchestra giving Beethoven's 5th a rare run out.

Guests included author and Observer Magazine Editor Ruaridh Nicoll, who has two books available in Penguin, where Mrs Purnell used to work; American in London Professor Sarah Churchwell; Sarah Sjolund, managing director of Intelligence Squared, who used to work for Boston Consulting, quondam base for James; and Penny Woolcock, who made the Brummie gang doc One Mile Away in 2012, produced by James Purnell.

The BBC Executive Non-Executives used the Proms outreach opportunity to entertain each other. Senior non-executive Dame Fiona Reynolds hosted businessman Simon Burke, Alice (Mrs Jack Straw) Perkins and digital blow-dry expert Dharmash Mistry. Making up the numbers was Phil Harrold, former Head of Governance at the Trust and now BBC Company Secretary. They got Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic majoring with an orchestral suite from Der Rosenkavalier.

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