Beginning November 1, 2019, leading UK music publisher and current Tido tech platform CEO Kathryn Knight will take up her new role within the Edition Peters Group as President of C.F. Peters Corporation New York. She succeeds Roger McClean, who has been President since 2002, a role which was the pinnacle of a career spanning five decades with the firm. McClean was responsible for the development of C.F. Peters’ market-leading US distribution services, with ABRSM, Oxford University Press and Broude Brothers, among others, entrusting their distribution in North America to C.F. Peters. McClean also spearheaded the joint venture digital printing company Halstan US, which is located within the Peters New York building.
Knight brings a highly successful track record and over 25 years’ experience in international music publishing, education, commercial development and digital business. She is also a singer, pianist and TV commentator on the BBC TV Classical Music Proms, and a co-founder of Sing Up, a £40m national singing programme for UK schools. A music graduate from Oxford University, Knight was Director of Publishing and Business Development at UK publishing house Faber Music for 17 years. During her tenure, she delivered a series of commercially successful ventures with major pop publishers and education organizations, and worked with some of the world’s leading educationalists, composers and performing artists. For the past five years, she has been a Director of the Edition Peters Board and CEO of the ground-breaking Tido Music digital music platform (incubated within the Edition Peters Group). Knight’s existing close links with the European Edition Peters companies will be invaluable in
furthering the Group’s unified publishing strategy, as will her international business contacts across the US and Asia.
McClean remains involved with C.F. Peters on a part-time basis from his new home in Delaware, continuing to support the firm’s distribution business and the publishers it serves.
Nicholas Riddle, CEO Edition Peters Group: “Roger McClean has been an outstanding President of C.F. Peters. He skillfully navigated it throughout the evolution of the business. We owe him an immense debt of gratitude. He could only be succeeded by an outstanding music publisher, and there is no doubt that this description fits Kathryn Knight perfectly. We look forward with excitement to the distinctive insights she will bring to the business to build on what has already been accomplished.”
Kathryn Knight: “It is a privilege to be taking on the responsibility for guiding this extraordinary publishing house as we move forwards. I am excited by the challenge of living up to C.F. Peters New York’s eminence as both a quintessentially American new-music publisher and as part of a rich, global history of classical music.”
Roger McClean: “It has been a wonderful experience to be part of this amazing and historic business, and to have been its President for the past seventeen years. I am extremely happy that we have Kathryn Knight as the next President of C.F. Peters. Having worked with her on the Board of Directors, it is clear to me that she will lead the firm onward and upward to new heights in the classical music industry.”