Breaking: Covent Garden chair quits

The Royal Opera House has quietly announced in the Christmas lull the departure of its board chairman Ian Taylor ‘due to ill health’.

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Taylor, 63, had held the post for two and a half years and was not always in tune with the public mood.

His deputy, Suzanne Heywood, will chair the board while a successor is sought.

It is not clear why the ROH tried to hush up the handover.

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