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Ulster Orchestra chief Dr Rosa Solinas quits post

CLAIRE WILLIAMSON

THE chief executive of the Ulster Orchestra has departed after just over a year in the job.

The Ulster Orchestra confirmed that Dr Rosa Solinas stepped down from her position last Wednesday.

The former head of music at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland did not make a public announcement about her departure.

A spokeswoman for the Ulster Orchestra insisted Ms Solinas' decision was amicable.

She told the Belfast Telegraph that Ms Solinas had stepped down for her "own reasons".

"She has achieved everything she wanted to achieve," the spokeswoman said.

Sir George Bain, who has been a board member for several years, will step in as chief executive for the next three months until the June board meeting, where management structure will be discussed.

Ms Solinas' exit follows a substantial period of challenges faced by the Ulster Orchestra.

They include doubts over its future at its historic home in the Ulster Hall due to funding cuts by the Arts Council, where Ms Solinas used to be head of music.

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