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Ulster Orchestra gets interim chief executive

A former senior civil servant has agreed to act as an interim chief executive of the Ulster Orchestra for up to six months when current CEO David Byers retires at the end of this month.

Dick Mackenzie was chairman of the board of the Ulster Youth Orchestra for over a decade, and a board member of the Grand Opera House for seven years. David Byers is retiring after eight years to devote more time to composing and writing.

The Ulster Orchestra Society has been searching for a new chief executive, but decided not to appoint those short-listed after advertising the post.

In a statement, the board said: “Following a review of the terms and conditions of the post, the recruitment process is being actively progressed, and we forward to make an appointment as soon as possible.”

The Ulster Orchestra Society has still to appoint a new principal conductor to succeed Ulsterman Kenneth Montgomery, whose contract ended this summer.

The orchestra received positive reviews for its BBC Proms performance earlier this month, and its new season began on Friday last.

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