Gavin Plumley has been described by The Times as a ‘leading cultural historian’. His writing, lecturing and broadcasting projects span various periods and disciplines, though he is well known for his work on Central Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries. He is currently writing his first book.
You can find his work in newspapers and magazines, as well as opera and concert programmes, around the world. Gavin also appears frequently on BBC radio and 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 immediately after graduating. Gavin then worked in the theatre industry for nine years, before embarking on a freelance career. He lives in the West of England with his husband and their dog.
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Text © Gavin Plumley, 2021.
Photographs © Theresa Pewal, 2017.