WNO appoints Mathew Pritchard as honorary president
Welsh National Opera (WNO) has appointed Mathew Pritchard as the company’s new honorary president. He succeeds Lord Davies of Llandinam, who becomes emeritus president.
Pritchard has served on the WNO board for a decade, having previously held the position of deputy chairman. His roles outside WNO include chairman of the Arts Council of Wales and president of the National Museum of Wales.
The grandson of Agatha Christie, Pritchard established the Colwinston Charitable Trust in 1995. Funded from the royalties of Christie’s literary estate, the trust has donated over £1m to Welsh arts; it is currently supporting WNO’s Peter Pan with £1 tickets for young people and workshops to develop new audiences.
Lord Davies, supporter of WNO for more than 40 years, has been honorary president since 2000. He became a board member in 1973, and was elected as chairman in 1975. He led WNO’s involvement in the planning stages of the Wales Milennium Centre.
Geraint Talfan Davies, chairman of WNO, said: “I am delighted that Mathew Prichard has been willing to take up the role of Honorary President. He has served the arts in Wales in so many guises, always supportive of artistic ambition. His commitment to WNO has been unstinting.
‘We must all be hugely grateful to Lord Davies for guiding the company’s successful development over such a long period. As well as being a generous benefactor, his single-minded vision and strong leadership built the company that we cherish today.’