In conversation: Jan Younghusband, Visiting Professor in Music Business

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Please join us at 5pm on Monday 5 February for an 'in conversation' event, in which Jan Younghusband will discuss her career as a broadcaster, producer, and programme-maker. 


Jan Younghusband trained in opera production at Glyndebourne and went on to be Head of Planning at the National Theatre and in the West End for Sir Peter Hall. Her role included assisting him on The Ring in Bayreuth . Her TV career started as an independent producer and author of original series specialising in music and making the first popular and award-winning formats in classical music reaching a broader audience. She was then Head of Arts and Music Commissioning for ten years at Channel 4 and 13 years at the BBC. In these roles she continued to deliver innovative films and series, bringing new faces to TV including Grayson Perry and also commissioning several debut feature films including from Steve McQueen, Sam Taylor Johnson, Jeremy Deller, Suzy Templeton and Clio Barnard. At C4 she made opera films and commissioned three new operas for TV. At the BBC she was in charge of all music on TV and state events, including Glastonbury, The Proms, Later…with Jools Holland and for setting the music strategy and joining up the content across all the BBC platforms. Jan now works as a Producer and author and has recently completed a new feature doc with Andrea Bocelli for Lionsgate. Jan is a classical pianist, oboist and singer and has worked across all genres of music and arts and also contemporary history and current affairs. Jan’s programmes and commissions have won over 300 major awards including two Academy Awards. Representation on screen and behind the camera is a focal point of her work and also discovering new talent.


About the Professorship

The Faculty of Music, in conjunction with the Said Business School and Jesus College, Oxford, have established a Visiting Professorship in Music Business. This new role is designed to recognise the achievements and contribution of diverse figures across the music industry, and to forge connections and expand dialogue between students and academics in the University and the wider industry.