Magazine article Management Today

MT Travel: Globetrotter

Magazine article Management Today

MT Travel: Globetrotter

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Sir Nicholas Kenyon, MD of the Barbican Centre and former controller of the Proms, prefers flying alone with no musical accompaniment.

Where do you travel?

I'm often in New York, where I once lived. No city matches London for its range of cultural offerings, but New York comes closest. I also went to a wonderful festival in Beijing recently and watched a Chinese production of a Handel opera.

How do you switch off?

By not listening to music. There's nothing so wonderful as a transatlantic flight where you can't be disturbed and can absorb yourself in a good book. I usually take thrillers and a biography. I don't find it difficult to switch off.

Do you travel alone?

I love travelling on my own. I don't feel the need to strike up conversations to pass the time.

Favourite airport?

Amsterdam's Schiphol is very civilised and trouble-free. I was happy with terminal 4 at Heathrow - 5 involves too much walking.

Favourite city?

Los Angeles. I went to the opening of a great concert hall there a couple of years ago, which featured work by the living composer John Adams, which is quite unusual. In Europe, it's Berlin, which has three opera houses and was the home of my favourite German composer, Bach. …

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