New cohort of Clore leadership fellows announced

Thursday, February 18, 2021

The Clore Fellowship Programme works to develop leaders across cultural disciplines and sectors.

Kate Whitley, CEO of the Multi-Story Orchestra
Kate Whitley, CEO of the Multi-Story Orchestra

Photograph: Ambra Vernuccio

Clore Fellows are chosen for their leadership ambitions and potential, creativity and vision.  

The 2021 cohort of 21 leaders includes artists, curators, producers, directors and educators, many of whom work across disciplines and co-create with communities and underrepresented groups.

Two fellows in this cohort represent the classical music sector. They are:

Kate Whitley - co-founder and CEO/artistic director of The Multi-Story Orchestra, a classical orchestra that performs in car parks around the UK. Its widely celebrated performances bring together hundreds of community performers alongside professional musicians. Kate is also a pianist and composer who has written music for choirs and orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra and Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Sarah Robertson - communications and special projects director at Bristol Music Trust, the organisation that runs Bristol Beacon, the largest concert hall in the South West. She spearheaded the concert hall's recent name change away from the slave trader Edward Colston. She is also on the strategic board at Turner Sims concert hall.

This year, three new Fellowship categories have been introduced: the Excellerate Fellowships, which support early-career leaders aged 24-35 looking to fast track their professional development in the cultural sector; the Duffield Fellowships, which support leaders in medium to large-scale cultural institutions of 200+ staff in the UK; and the Transform Fellowships, which support individuals from communities and backgrounds currently underrepresented in the sector.  

Nicholas Serota, chair of Arts Council England, said: ‘Cultural organisations around the world have faced unprecedented challenges resulting from the pandemic, but have continued to adapt and respond in innovative ways to provide valuable experiences for people to enjoy. Creative leadership will be vital as we look towards a future where cultural organisations are able to reopen. We’re delighted to be supporting this year’s cohort of Clore Fellows which represents a very wide range of talent from across the sector.’ 

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