Northern Ireland’s Ulster Orchestra hires Richard Wigley as managing director

Posted on: February 29, 2016

“The Ulster Orchestra, which appears to have pulled back from the brink of disaster after having a third of its government funding cut several years ago, has appointed a new managing director in Richard Wigley,” writes Susan Elliott on Thursday (2/25) at MusicalAmerica.com. “A former decade-long general manager of the BBC Philharmonic and executive at Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra, Wigley most recently served as a consultant to the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, another struggling ensemble. Wigley starts in Belfast immediately. The orchestra, founded in 1966, is currently in its 50th year (interesting side note, Sergiu Comissiona was one of its early music directors); raising funds for celebrations to mark the milestone is part of Wigley’s job. He succeeds Trevor Green, brought in to stabilize finances about a year ago, a task he apparently accomplished as he now moves on. Ulster Orchestra Chairman Sir George Bain called Wigley, ‘an expert artistic planner, skilled at managing change and achieving world-class results under challenging financial conditions’ and noted his ‘experience in delivering innovation and interdisciplinary projects.’ Chief Conductor Rafael Payare also expressed confidence in the new leader.”

Posted February 29, 2016