The Progress 1000: London's most influential people 2018 - Performance: Classical music
His 2016 win as BBC Musician of the Year began it all, since when the charismatic virtuoso‘s reputation has soared with his chart-topping album Inspiration and appearance at this year’s royal wedding. Also performing together with other members of his gifted family, including sister Isata and brother Braimah, he has become a notable ambassador of music-making across cultural and generic divides.
Music Director, LSO
Has set alight music-making in London since returning from Berlin last year.
Has glided regally through a stellar career of several decades to establish herself at the apex of the profession. Her Handelian heroines remain unsurpassed, but she has continued to expand her lieder and operatic repertoire – from Wagner to Mark-Anthony Turnage – with exciting results. She recently tweeted that she was working on a new opera by Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones.
With her Kingdom Choir at the royal wedding
Choir conductor, workshop Leader and founder of London’s Kingdom Choir, Gibson has been crowned “‘Britain’s godmother of gospel” after leading the Kingdom choir’s gospel performance of Stand by Me at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding ceremony.
The rising star takes to the Coliseum stage this October in the ENO’s first ever production of Porgy and Bess
Music Director, Royal Opera
Respected by musicians and public alike, also a TV natural, he is a galvanic force at London’s leading opera house.
Handsome profile and genial manner have helped make him a popular figure on the operatic and concert circuits
General Manager, Opera Holland Park
Positively pugnacious in his desire to democratise opera, he brings the spirit of the Notting Hill Carnival to Holland Park.
Director, BBC Proms
Broadening the definition of classical music in the search for new audiences.
Music Director, English National Opera
Continues to steer the ENO ship skilfully through choppy waters.
His impressive production of Wagner’s epic Ring cycle returned this year alongside a new one of Barber’s Vanessa at Glyndebourne.
Wows Proms audiences with an annual feast of Broadway favourites, delivered with slick sophistication.
Principal Conductor, Aurora Orchestra
Has made indelible mark with his virtuoso Aurora players.
Former BBC Musician of the Year, is fast developing into one of the leading interpreters of the day.
Much in demand since winning the Kathleen Ferrier Award two years ago.
Has been astonishing audiences with his technical command and stylistic maturity.