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Simon Foster, who has spent four decades at the top of the classical music industry, has announced his retirement. Following an early spell at EMI Classics, where he signed Nigel Kennedy, Foster was headhunted by Richard Branson to be the founding MD of Virgin Classics, before going on to lead BMG Classics UK. In 1992, he co-founded Avie Records, which was at the forefront of the artist-ownership business model. Avie co-founder Melanne Mueller added: "Simon has been my ‘running mate' at the label in more ways than one! His day-to-day presence in the office will be missed, but his legacy will forever loom large." Foster is receiving a send-off from Avie's UK distributor Proper Music Group today (January 24) with a lunch and presentation at London's South Bank.

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