Decca Classics re-launched

Posted 22/01/11

New appointments at flagship classical label: Decca Classics rejuvenated as part of Universal Music’s increased commitment to the global classical music business

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One of the greatest labels in classical music, Decca, is to be re-launched in the UK in January 2011 as part of Universal Music’s worldwide expansion programme for its classical music business.  The new company, now named Decca Classics, will for the first time be officially made part of Universal Music UK, Britain’s leading record company, run by Chairman and CEO David Joseph.

The move strengthens Decca’s commitment to the very best in recorded classical music and for the first time in a generation reunites Decca’s operations across all music genres in one London-based home, the Decca Records Group, under President Dickon Stainer.

Decca Classics’ new global A&R vision will be led by industry veteran Paul Moseley in the new role of Managing Director. Paul will oversee and build on a worldwide roster which includes Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Cecilia Bartoli, Riccardo Chailly, Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Flórez, Jonas Kaufmann, Andreas Scholl, and Mitsuko Uchida, plus a catalogue heritage that includes icons such as Luciano Pavarotti, Dame Joan Sutherland and Sir Georg Solti.

In addition, a new Decca Classics marketing and media team is created to focus on the development of core classical repertoire within the UK, led by Head of Decca Classics UK Mike Bartlett, and Media Manager Louise Ringrose. They will be joined by a new Product Manager Gavin Bayliss and Media Officer Oliver Krug. The newly formed team will be the overall responsibility of long-time Universal Classics executive Mark Wilkinson.

Decca Classics will be marketed internationally by a new team headed by the Director of International Marketing for Universal Classics, Lut Behiels. The team will manage the international marketing and promotion of both the Decca Classics and Deutsche Grammophon rosters.

Paul Moseley said:
With these changes Decca Classics secures its future as a global leader in classical music while also making the vital reconnection with its heritage as a British label. We are signing new artists and will provide a better service to our existing stars. The Decca label has a place in the heart of every classical music lover and I am thrilled to be leading this part of the business into its tenth decade.

Dickon Stainer added:
I am delighted that Paul Moseley is to oversee a new era in building the artist roster of Decca Classics, and returning the label to the forefront of the world stage as a classical label. Paul's experience and skills are second to none. I am also very pleased to see Mike Bartlett and Louise Ringrose step up to new roles within the UK company to help drive Decca's commitment to serious classical music.