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date: 26 March 2023

Nears, Colin Gray free

Nears, Colin Gray free

CBE 1998

Born 19 March 1933; s of William Charles Nears and Winifred Mildred Nears (née Gray)

television producer; Member of Council, and Chairman of Advisory Panel on Dance, Arts Council of Great Britain, 1982–90


Ipswich Sch.; King’s Coll., Cambridge (MA)


Admin. Asst, RIBA, 1956; BBC, 1958–87; Producer: Schools Television, 1960; Music and Arts, 1967; Editor, Review, 1971–72. Author and director of programmes on literature, the visual arts, music and dance. Director: Royal Opera House, 1995–98 (Mem., 1990–98, Dep. Chm., 1991–98, Ballet Bd); Birmingham Royal Ballet Bd, 1993–2002 (Chm., 1993–99); Gov., Royal Ballet Sch., 1993–2000; Trustee: Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund, 1992–2016 (Chm., 2011–13); Dancers’ Resettlement Fund, subseq. Dancers’ Career Develt, 1991–2013; Member Board: Riverside Trust, 1991–93; Rambert Dance Co., 1993–2001. FRSA. BAFTA award for Best Specialised Programme, 1973; Prix Italia music prize, 1982


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