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Gavin Henderson grew up in Brighton and was educated at Brighton College.

From 1985 to 2010 he was Artistic Director of Dartington International Summer School. 1983 – 1994 he was the Artistic Director of Brighton Festival. From 1994 – 2005 he was Principle of Trinity College of Music.

He has also been Chairman of the National Foundation of Youth Music, Chairman of the Arts Council of England’s Music Panel, Vice President of the British Arts Festivals Association, Governor of Chethams’ School, and Chair of Arts Worldwide/World Circuit Arts. He is currently Honourary President of the National Piers Society. He is a noted trumpeter and well known for his vibrant and innovative approach to the arts.