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Influential British arts administrator Nicholas Snowman was born on 18 March 1944 into a family of jewellers. He studied at Magdalene College, Cambridge and founded the Cambridge University Opera Society.
He is known for co-founding of the London Sinfonietta and for running the orchestra as its general manager (1968-72) and for founding Ensemble InterContemporain in Paris with Pierre Boulez and French culture minister Michel Guy.
Later he was a general director and chief executive at the Southbank Centre in London and general manager of Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
Nicholas Snowman died on 2 March 2023, aged seventy-eight.