About Gavin

The Times described Gavin Plumley as a ‘leading cultural historian’. His work spans various periods and disciplines, though he is particularly known for his work on Central Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries.

You can find his writing in newspapers, magazines and opera and concert programmes around the world. He appears frequently on BBC radio. Gavin has been the English-language commissioning editor for the Salzburg Festival since 2013.

He lectures widely and has recently given talks for the National Trust, the Cheltenham Literature Festival, the National Theatre, the National Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts, the British Museum, Tate, the BBC Proms, the Oxford Lieder Festival, Wigmore Hall (including his Inside the Score series and presenting Live Streams), the Royal Opera House, the Philharmonia and the CBSO, in addition to being an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society and an expert lecturer for Martin Randall Travel.

Gavin was born in Dundee in 1981. He studied music at Keble College, Oxford and began working at Covent Garden. Gavin worked in the theatre industry for nine years, before embarking on a freelance writing career. He lives in the West of England with his husband and their dog.

Discover more about Gavin and his ‘Life in Art’ by clicking here.
And for a Q+A with Gavin, click here.

All photographs © Theresa Pewal, 2017.