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Royal Welsh College’s Hilary Boulding steps down after 10 years

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Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama principal Hilary Boulding is to step down after a decade.

Boulding has led the conservatoire since 2007 and will leave in August 2017 to become the first female president of Trinity College, Oxford.

During her tenure, Boulding has overseen RWCMD’s £22.5 million capital project, which provided it with new premises in Cardiff.

She described the role as an enormous privilege.

“I am immensely proud of all the Royal Welsh College has achieved over the last decade to ensure that talented young people can benefit from world-class conservatoire training in Wales,” she said.

Prior to leading RWCMD, Boulding was director of music for Arts Council England and before that a commissioning editor and producer for arts at the BBC.

RWCMD president David Rowe-Beddoe said: “During Hilary’s tenure, the reputation of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama has been substantially enhanced through her inspiring vision and leadership, as recognised in national league tables. Hilary will leave us with our warmest wishes and appreciation.”

The college achieved the top ranking in the Guardian University Guide for its drama training in 2016, coming fourth in the 2017 guide, which was published earlier this year.