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John Wallace CBE

John Wallace has spent a lifetime in the Creative Industries, firstly as a performer / player / manager and latterly as an educator.
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Educated at Buckhaven High School and Kings College Cambridge, John spent 30 years in London’s classical music sector and contributed to 600 CDS (30 solo albums). John later performed as a soloist, most famously with Kiri Te Kanawa to a live TV audience of 750 million people, at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. John returned to Scotland in 2002 as Principal of the RSAMD, transforming this into the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the first such interdisciplinary Dance / Drama / Music / Film / Technical and Production Arts institution in Europe.

Leaving in 2014 John became Vice President Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences of the Royal Society of Edinburgh where he deepened his knowledge of the totality of Scotland’s thriving Further and Higher Education sectors. John now chairs the Music Education Partnership Group representing 60 organisations across the world-leading formal and informal music education sector of Scotland.

John brings deep and broad knowledge of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in Scotland and internationally to the table.

John's appointment will be for four years and will run from 4 November 2019 to 3 November 2023.