Ireland headhunts London concerthall manager

Ireland headhunts London concerthall manager


norman lebrecht

January 28, 2021

Ireland’s National Concert Hall has named Robert Read as its new chief executive. He starts work next week.

Read was previously managing director of London’s independent chamber-music venue, Kings Place.

Ireland’s Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media said: ‘I wish to congratulate Mr. Read… I thank him for taking on this very important position and offering his skills and expertise to the National Concert Hall in these very challenging times.’

She can say that again.


  • Alexander Hall says:

    Yet another Brexit casualty.

    • IC225 says:

      Hardly. There has been free movement between the Irish Republic and UK as part of the CTA since long before the existence of the EU and this continues unchanged.

  • Alan says:

    He’ll need luck. The hall has been shut since last March and is highly unlikely to open before September.

  • Seán Hurley says:

    Congratulations to him. The NCH is a lovely venue but it needs a serious shake-up. There were plans for a re-design but don’t know if anything will come of them. The proposal to bring the National Symphony Orchestra under its aegis will also be interesting. The problem is that the Department dealing with the Arts and Culture also has four other remits with the NCH and classical music in general very low on the agenda.