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Nicholas Capaldi City University London July 2016 graduation
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Honorary degree for Arts Council of Wales Chief Executive Nicholas Capaldi

City alumnus attended a graduation ceremony for students from the School of Arts and Social Sciences

by Ed Grover (Senior Communications Officer)

The Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Wales, Nicholas Capaldi, has been awarded an honorary degree by City University London.

He was made a Doctor of Arts in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development and maintenance of the arts in the UK, at a ceremony on Tuesday 19th July 2016.

Dr Capaldi, who graduated from City with a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts and Policy Management in 1989, was presented with his degree by Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Paul Curran, at the Barbican Centre in the City of London.

The award was conferred during a graduation ceremony for students from the School of Arts and Social Sciences.

After receiving his degree, he said: “I am greatly honoured that the University has invited me to join the ranks of so many distinguished predecessors. I am delighted, too, to be sharing this day with so many of you who will now be starting out on your professional careers.”

During a career that spans more than 25 years, Dr Capaldi has received national acclaim for his work in music and the arts.

Since 2008, he has been the Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Wales and is widely recognised as one of the leading figures in the development and maintenance of the arts.

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His career began as a musician, when he toured extensively as a classical pianist, appearing in concerts and television and radio broadcasts.

Using the knowledge and skills he learnt at City, Dr Capaldi moved into music promotion and began working with South West Arts, where he eventually progressed to become Chief Executive.

He then moved to Arts Council England South West before switching to his current role with the Arts Council of Wales.

Introducing his speech, he told students that their individual creativity was their “greatest asset” and encouraged them to harness it.

“During your studies you will have been encouraged to question, to examine, to make judgements, to look through critical eyes at the world around you,” he said.

“Do not under-estimate the value of such skills, and nurture that individual creative identity that is yours and yours alone. Creativity will be your greatest asset – use it well.”

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