Lake District Summer Music’s senior executive officer is leaving the celebrated music charity to set up his own business (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Lake District Summer Music’s senior executive officer is leaving the celebrated music charity to set up his own business
5:10pm Saturday 26th October 2013 in News
LAKE District Summer Music’s senior executive officer, Andrew Lucas, is leaving the music charity to set up his own business.
Lucas has been chief officer for the organisation for 16 years during which time LDSM has grown and expanded considerably, introducing events at other times of the year.
His work alongside artistic director, Renna Kellaway, has been widely recognised and recently led to the Daily Telegraph highlighting LDSM as one of the ten most festive festivals in the world.
He was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Commerce and Manufactures in 2010. Geyve Walker, acting chairman, said: “Andrew has made a major contribution to Lake District Summer Music since he arrived with us in October 1997.
“He leaves us after what is widely felt to have been one of the smoothest running festivals in all our 29 years.
“He played a leading role in securing major new funds from Arts Council England, Northern Rock Foundation and the National Lottery, amongst others, which fuelled the expansion of our work over the past decade.
“Andrew was also a creative driving force behind the development of our 4x4 Composer Residency and Music from a Foreign Land programmes.”
Andrew Lucas said: “I have hugely enjoyed and valued my time at LDSM. It is a remarkable family and I am so very grateful to all the trustees, staff, members of our festival team, volunteers, artists, tutors, students, funders, donors, partners, suppliers and, of course, audiences who have made working here such a wonderful experience.”
“I remain a passionate advocate for the vision which lies at the heart of Lake District Summer Music. I feel strongly that LDSM is capable of adapting to the challenges of this period in which we all find ourselves.
"I wish LDSM every success in its 30th year and look forward to seeing the organisation continuing to develop in the future.”
One of his new ventures, Splash Classics, was launched this summer.
Andrew expects to launch major new ventures in Cumbria, Manchester and London in the New Year. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07968 536368.
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