Clemency Burton-Hill

Creative Director of Music & Arts

Before joining New York Public Radio as its first Creative Director of Music & Arts, Clemmie spent more than a decade as a prominent TV and radio broadcaster in her native UK, hosting many of the BBC’s arts and music shows including Breakfast on Radio 3, the Proms, Young Musician of the Year and The Culture Show, for which she made over thirty films about theater, film, books, opera, jazz and classical music. Since 2016 she has been the host of the Royal Opera House’s live global cinema season, and has made documentaries on subjects including technology + creativity (for BBC radio), the history of black British swing jazz (for BBC TV), and women’s rights in Bangladesh (for the award-winning TV documentary strand Unreported World).

Clemmie is the author of two novels and the international bestseller Year of Wonder: Classical Music to Enjoy Day By Day. A former columnist for the Telegraph newspaper and contributing editor to the Spectator, she has been a longtime features writer for publications including FT Weekend, Economist, Guardian, Observer, BBC Music Magazine and WSJ. Prior to The Open Ears Project, she created the chart-topping music podcast Classical Fix and The Making Of in partnership with Vanity Fair and Founders Forum, a weekly podcast in which she interviews luminaries from the world of technology, science, business and the arts.

Trained at London’s Royal College of Music, Clemmie has played the violin since childhood and has performed around the world under conductors including Daniel Barenboim. She is a co-founder of the award-winning chamber ensemble Aurora Orchestra, and a trustee of the arts education non-profit Dramatic Need.