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Cadogan Hall Managing Director, Adam McGinlay, named Concert Hall Manager of the Year at the Association of British Orchestras Awards 2023
Announced at a live event at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on the evening of Wednesday 1 February, the award ceremony also revealed the winners of the 2023 ABO/Classical Music Awards, celebrating the achievements of colleagues across the sector through nominations by their peers, and were presented with ABO Media Partner Classical Music and ABO Principal Media Partner Classic FM. The event was hosted by ABO Interim Chair and Scottish Ensemble Chief Executive Jenny Jamison and Classic FM presenter Anne-Marie Minhall.
‘The winner of the Concert Hall Manager of the Year category was Adam McGinlay, Managing Director of Cadogan Hall (second from left in the photo below). Despite the unprecedented challenges during the pandemic, across the sector there are many remarkable stories of creativity, innovation and sheer dogged determination on the part of venue managers. McGinlay’s response to these challenges resulted in Cadogan Hall having one of its most successful years since it opened in 2004. Building on his track record of presenting a wide range of attractions from classical music to music theatre, to jazz/rock/folk and spoken word (and even fashion shows), McGinlay reacted swiftly to the easing of covid restrictions, contributing to discussions with UK Government over how halls could remain safe during the pandemic and worked with promoters to enable them to develop new ways for their artists to perform. Not only could venue staff continue to engage with the workplace and come back on site, but artists could get back onstage to perform.’
Founded in 2012, the ABO/Classical Music Awards are decided each year by the Association’s membership of the UK’s top orchestras, conservatoires and related organisations, and gives the members the opportunity to honour those who make exceptional contributions behind the scenes.
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