Declan McGovern has stepped down from his role as general manager of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland (RTÉ NSO) after just a year in post. RTE, Ireland’s national broadcasting organisation, announced his departure in a statement issued on 23 December. Aodán Ó Dubhghaill, interim executive director, RTÉ Orchestras, Quartet & Choirs, has assumed responsibility for running the RTÉ NSO.
Ó Dubhghaill commented: ‘Declan brought great energy and enthusiasm to his role as general manager of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and RTÉ wishes him every success in the future.’
Mr McGovern’s appointment was announced in September 2012 and he took up the full-time position on 1 January 2013, with overall responsibility for the artistic, organisational and financial management of Ireland’s leading professional symphony orchestra. In last month’s statement he said: ‘I am delighted to have worked so closely with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and to have had the opportunity to contribute to its progress and development. Many of my ambitions for the orchestra were achieved during my time with them and I am grateful to have worked with such an excellent orchestra and support team. I am looking forward to embarking on a number of new projects in 2014 and I wish the orchestra continued success on its journey in the years ahead.’
A graduate in music from the University of Cork, Mr McGovern was a music producer with Classic FM and then with BBC Northern Ireland, before being seconded to the Ulster Orchestra as chief executive from November 2010 until March 2012.