TARA LOPEZ has joined The Spark Arts for Children as Creative Producer, to support the annual festival and take the lead on Vital Spark, a programme addressing the gap of diverse work for children and young people.
After 15 years as Executive Director of the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse theatres, DEBORAH AYDON is stepping down to pursue new opportunities. An ambassador and champion for Liverpool, she has played an instrumental role in Liverpool Arts Regeneration Consortium (LARC), and was made an honorary fellow of Liverpool John Moores University in 2014.
MANUELA MOSCOSO has been named as the new Curator for Liverpool Biennial 2020. She is the Senior Curator at Tamayo Museo (Mexico City) and will co-curate the 11th edition with the Liverpool Biennial team.
Five new members have been appointed to the Board of the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain. BRIAN WEIR is Director of Student Experience at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama; FIONA HARVEY runs an arts consultancy company; MIRANDA FRANCIS is the Area Leader in Aural Training at the Royal College of Music; WILLIAM NORRIS is Managing Director of Southbank Sinfonia; and JONATHAN MAYES is Director of Residencies and Regional Programme with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Professor LINDA MERRICK, Principal of the Royal Northern College of Music, has become a Board member at the Association of British Orchestras. She is also Chair of Conservatoires UK, a member of the International Advisory Council for the Creative Industries Federation, and Vice-President of the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain.
The new South West Area Chair of Arts Council England will be HELEN BIRCHENOUGH, who will begin a four-year term in December. She was Chair of both the Salisbury Playhouse and Salisbury International Arts Festival, and led the Festival into merger with the theatre and Salisbury Arts Centre to become Wiltshire Creative, of which she is a Trustee. She was Chair of Wiltshire College for five years.