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Innovation, expertise and responsiveness have been the hallmarks of music management agency and project consultant HarrisonParrott ever since its foundation in 1969. Today, 50 years on, that restless and challenging spirit is stronger than ever.

Ahead of its golden anniversary concert at London’s Southbank Centre on 6 October, co-founder Jasper Parrott reflects on the last 50 years and discusses his hopes for the future and the importance of inclusion and diversity in music.

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Discover a special 50 Years in a Day concert in London

HarrisonParrott is celebrating its golden anniversary in classical music with a special 50 Years in a Day concert in London – and you could be there

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We hope to increase our collaborations with artists who engage with new ideas, and to look for innovative ways to enrich the music and art worlds in which we work

As HarrisonParrott celebrates 50 years, which achievements are you most proud of?

I’m most proud that from small beginnings we have built up a rich and diverse team – three generations of motivated people who are dedicated to providing the best possible service to our artists and to music. I’m also proud that so many of our musicians have been with us throughout their careers – often for decades – which is a testament to our staff and the individual care the HarrisonParrott family offers.

How vital is the work the new charitable foundation will be doing?

It has never been more vital. Young people don’t have as much access to the arts as they used to. It is essential that all of us who believe that the arts contribute to a fair and thriving society speak up and act now. With our connections and passion at HP, we can make a positive difference through the programmes the Foundation is supporting, ensuring access for everyone, regardless of their ethnicity, gender, disability and social background.

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We hope to increase our collaborations with artists who engage with new ideas, and to look for innovative ways to enrich the music and art worlds in which we work

HarrisonParrott has been making huge strides in China and Japan – can you tell us a bit about that?

From the very beginning HarrisonParrott has explored new markets and ways of doing business. My interest in Asia started with Japan, when I saw some Noh theatre in London. I was fascinated, and first visited in 1975. Since then we have built substantial relationships with institutions and artists there, and it’s become an important part of our business.

China came a little later – my first trip was in 1979, when I was fortunate to go with Vladimir Ashkenazy for a BBC documentary. I was amazed by the country, but it was not easy to be involved there – one of our first projects was a tour with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1998, which was challenging. It started to open up from 2000, and we built our activities alongside the rapid development of orchestras, concert halls and opera houses. It is a major part of our future.

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How has HarrisonParrott supported women conductors in the music industry?

HarrisonParrott was one of the first international management companies to add female conductors to our roster, starting with Susanna Mälkki several decades ago. We now have ten female conductors and continue to nurture and support others. There have been improvements in the music business, but not enough, and it is our duty to change people’s thinking and open doors for highly talented people, regardless of gender or background.

What are HarrisonParrott’s ambitions for the next 50 years?

It would be overly ambitious to hope that I will see through the next 50 years, but it is my ambition to set the company on a pathway to continue to renovate and grow. We’re always looking for new pools of expertise and competency to add value to what we do outside our core business. We hope to increase our collaborations with artists who engage with new ideas, and to look for innovative ways to enrich the music and art worlds.

What highlights are you looking forward to from the upcoming 50 Years in a Day programme?

The programme is full of highlights, and demonstrates the full range of our artists and their passions – from Bach to brand new commissions. Each piece tells a story, and every single minute of the day will be remarkable!

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