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ENO appoints Martyn Rose as chairman

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Martyn Rose has been made the new chairman of English National Opera.

He will take up his position from May 1, when Ffion Hague and Glyn Barker, who currently share the role, will step down and continue as deputy chairs.

Peter Bazalgette was ENO’s chair from May 2012 until February of this year, before he joined Arts Council England.

Currently chairman of Dance East in Ipswich, Rose also chairs the Big Society Network, which was set up to encourage social enterprise.

In the past he has co-chaired the National Citizen Service, a voluntary social programme for teenagers, with education secretary Michael Gove. He also co-chaired the Get Britain Working campaign, which was aimed at young people, with home secretary Theresa May.

Vernon Ellis, president of ENO, said, “Martyn Rose has brought his entrepreneurial flair not only to the successful companies he has built but also to the major charities and arts organisations he has chaired.

“A common theme has been the creation of a shared vision for the organisation and the drive and inspiration to deliver it. I am confident that he will provide the board with the leadership to work alongside the ENO executive to ensure that ENO will grow, develop and flourish.”

Rose said: “I am honoured to take on the chairmanship of one of the country’s leading arts institutions and look forward to ensuring that ENO continues to maintain its world-class reputation for distinctive, contemporary and highly-theatrical opera.”


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