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The living, breathing classical record catalogue gets an upgrade

Barry Holden spent ten years marketing the classical catalogue at Naxos UK. After a while, he was snapped up by Universal with a brief to make sense of the bulging backlists of Decca and Deutsche Grammophon.  Barry carries in his head the catalogue numbers of practically every classical record ever made.

He is responsible at Universal for reissues and historic compilations, such as the complete works of Benjamin Britten on 65 CDs, a project which involved unprecedented cooperation across many rival record labels.

Today, in recognition of his commercial success, he was promoted to Universal V-P. Well done, that man.
 Barry Holden

June 12, 2013




I’m delighted to announce that Barry Holden has been promoted to Vice President, Classical Catalogue at UMGI.


Barry was previously Director of Classical Catalogue, working with our two classical labels Decca Classics and Deutsche Grammophon to develop the strongest possible release schedules and maximise their global impact. Prior to this Barry spent nearly a decade as UK Marketing Director for top independent classical label Naxos before managing a highly successful compilation joint venture between Classic FM, HMV and Decca.


Since joining Universal Music he and his team have put classical catalogue back on a growth trajectory for us and in the process helped build both our reputation and our revenues.


We have many exciting plans for building on our strength and achievements in classical music and Barry will help ensure our continued success in this critical area.


Please join me in congratulating him on this important new role.


Costa Pilavachi

SVP Classical A&R

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  1. Congratulations from a great admirer of the beautifully organised Naxos catalogue!

  2. Terrific news! He has a gargantuan mind! Brilliant!

  3. Doesn’t Universal have Philips? Who has that these days?

  4. Stephen says:

    Well deserved and so glad that classical music with its huge recording inventory is alive and well.

  5. tgjolley says:

    they need to get a move on releasing their back catalogue otherwise those who know about it and long for many of the titles will be dead and it wont matter what they do with it.

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