New Appointments in Music and the Arts

Jack Talty –  announced as one of the artists in the new Duala: Creator-in-Residence Scheme.

New Appointments in Music and the Arts

Announcements at Artsadmin, Arts Council, National Youth Folk Ensemble, Duala: Creator-in-Residence Scheme, Help Musicians UK, Galway 2020 and the Association of Irish Choirs.

A number of new appointments and announcements in music and the arts have been made in recent weeks. Here is a round-up of the news.

Róise Goan, formerly of Dublin Fringe Festival and currently working as Guest Dramaturg at Vooruit in Belgium, has been appointed as the new Artistic Director of Artsadmin in London. She succeeds Founder and Co-Director Judith Knight MBE. Goan will join the organisation at the end of June 2019.

Dónall Curtin has been appointed to the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon for a five-year term from December 2018. Curtin was a Partner in the accountancy practice Byrne Curtin Kelly and recently served as President of Chambers Ireland. He was previously a board member of the Abbey Theatre and Visual Arts Ireland.

Jack Talty and Maurice Gunning have been announced as the first artists of the Duala: Creator-in-Residence Scheme, established by the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) and the Arts Office of Clare County Council. Musician and composer Talty and photographer and documentary film-maker Gunning will compose an audio-visual installation that explores the relationship between music, people and place, drawing on ITMA collections of traditional music in Clare as its primary inspiration. The project will be delivered in 2019.

Flute-player and composer Sam Partridge has been announced as National Youth Folk Ensemble’s new Artistic Director from from October 2019. The NYFE is a programme run by the English Folk Dance and Song Society for instrumentalists aged 14–18. Partridge studied at Newcastle University and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick, and has taught on the Sage Gateshead Folkworks programme and summer school.

Help Musicians UK has appointed James Ainscough as its CEO. Ainscough, who succeeds Richard Robinson, joined HMUK in April 2018 and stepped up from his role as interim financial director to the position of interim CEO in July 2018. He was previously Chief Operating Officer at the Royal Albert Hall.

Galway 2020 has announced three new board appointments: Arthur Lappin, a film and theatre producer who played a key role in producing the bid book during the bid phase for Galway 2020; Finbarr Bradley, co-author of The Irish Edge and Capitalising on Culture, Competing on Difference, and currently teaching at UCD Smurfit Business School; and Ivonka Kwiek, an anthropologist and culture manager based in Galway.

Alan Kelly has been appointed as the new chairman of the Association of Irish Choirs. From Louth, Kelly has been involved in choirs for over 25 years and is currently musical director of the Millicent Singers in Clane, Co. Kildare.

For other recent appointments, see New Appointments in Irish Music and New Appointments in Music in England and Scotland.

Published on 4 January 2019

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