The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra is set to join the National Concert Hall, in a move recommended by the 2018 Boaden Review.
The decision was announced by Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, based upon the recommendations of Helen Boaden, former director of BBC Radio and BBC News, in her 2018 review on the matter.
The review found that in light of the financial challenges facing RTÉ, the national broadcaster could face the closure of either the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra or the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.
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Watch: The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra play Dvorak's Symphony No.7 conducted by Nathalie Stutzmann, for Culture Night 2018
Boaden recommended that the NSO be established as a national cultural institution in its own right, or as part of the National Concert Hall and funded by the Government and partially by RTÉ in order to prevent its potential closure.
Upon adopting the recommendations of Boaden, The National Concert Hall and RTÉ said that the move, scheduled for 2021, represents an important moment for the future of live classical and symphonic music in Ireland.
. @rte and @NCH_Music welcome today's confirmation by @cathmartingreen TD, Minister for @DeptAHG, of the transfer of the @RTE_NSO to come under the remit of the National Concert Hall.#Budget2021 #arts #music— National Concert Hall (@NCH_Music) October 13, 2020
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According to Chairperson of the National Concert Hall, Maura McGrath, "[This] decision to fund the transition of the NSO to the National Concert Hall will enable the orchestra to be sustained and strengthened to provide world-class symphonic music in Ireland and help us fulfil our mandate as the National Cultural Institution for music."
RTÉ General Director, Dee Forbes said: "Notwithstanding the challenges presented by Covid-19, both orchestras will now be able to plan for the future with greater clarity and certainty…
"We will now do all we can to support a smooth and successful transition and to ensure that audiences, in Ireland and abroad, can continue to enjoy the best orchestral music from these wonderful musicians, both virtually and, in due course, in the live arena."