Kim Waldock, for the past six years Director of Learning and Engagement at the Sydney Symphony, has scored a top position at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She has been appointed General Manager of the ROH’s Learning and Participation Program, which involves delivering an extensive learning and participations program across opera, ballet and theatre in the UK.
Waldock, who won the New South Wales State Award in the 2014 Art Music Awards in the category Excellence in Music Education, is widely respected for her work in music education.
“I am absolutely thrilled to have this opportunity to go into an environment like Covent Garden and learn and experience new opportunities and just soak up the cultural smorgasbord that is the London arts scene,” she said on news of her appointment.
The Sydney Symphony has significantly ramped up its educational offerings during Waldock’s time with the orchestra. Last year, at least 8000 children benefited directly and indirectly from the TunED-Up program she initiated for K-6 teachers.
Said Waldock: “In the past few years here we have really expanded the outreach opportunities associated with the main stage work of the orchestra, in Sydney, regionally and even on our international tours. We have also really revved up the teacher professional learning opportunities, especially with the introduction of our residential program TunED-Up! which has now trained 70 teachers from across the state.”
Recently, Waldock featured in an ABC Classic FM interview with Mairi Nicolson on the wide-ranging benefits of music learning at childhood level.
Waldock is chair of Music Australia’s Music Education Advisory Group