Rosa Solinas, a former Arts Council flak, was supposed to save the orchestra.
The following has just been posted by another ex-CEO of the troubled band:
I rang Rosa Solinas at the Ulster Orchestra this morning and was
shocked to be told that she’s gone. “She’s achieved everything she set
out to achieve and has moved on to new challenges.”
UPDATE: Rosa was in the job just 13 months. She cleared out a lot of staff and appointed a new chief conductor, Rafael Payare. He now faces a period of uncertainty until a replacement is found.
In other news, it was reported today that Northern Ireland’s arts minister Caral Ni Chuilin has not been to hear the orchestra once during her three years in office. The Ulster Orch consumes one-third of the province’s arts budget. Where the heck has she been?