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Michael Eakin, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

Chief Executive, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

Michael Eakin has been Chief Executive of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic since 2008. Michael joined Liverpool Philharmonic from Arts Council England, with whom he had been Executive Director North West since 2001. Previously, he was Director of Arts and Leisure for Reading Borough Council, with a portfolio including the arts and theatre, libraries, museums and archives, sport and leisure, and tourism.

Michael's earlier career included several years as Director of the presenting theatre and concert hall, The Hexagon, Reading. Here he programmed across several artforms including orchestral and popular music, theatre, opera, and dance. He also led the establishment in Reading of the UK's major annual world music festival, the WOMAD Festival, in partnership with the WOMAD organisation.

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