Ros Rigby, promoting the 10th GIJF in 2013
Ros Rigby has announced that she will step down as Performance Programme Director of Sage Gateshead at the end of July.
Ros has held the post for 15 years and is a well respected figure in jazz through her work as the driving force of the Gateshead International Jazz Festival and as a central figure in the Europe Jazz Network.
In a statement published by the Sage Gateshead on 20th April, Managing Director Abigaul Pogson said
In Ros we have been lucky to have such a dedicated and passionate advocate of culture who has given so much to this region over so long, and for the last fifteen years has made a formative contribution to Sage Gateshead. Her programmes and festivals – not least the Gateshead International Jazz Festival which we’ve enjoyed again this past weekend – have helped put Sage Gateshead on the national and international map. We are very sad to see her go, but thank her very warmly for everything she has done.
Ros says -
Being involved in the development of Sage Gateshead from the mid-1990s onwards has been an enormous privilege, and I will take with me very many vivid memories of both successful events and challenging moments, wonderful artists and hugely committed staff and partners. I look forward to having continued contact with the company on a different basis, and also to having more time to become involved in other developments in the region and beyond. Tamsin Austin and I have worked together very closely since she was appointed in 2003, and I cannot think of a better person to lead the work of our team, and to take it in new and exciting directions.
The Sage has confirmed that Tamsin Austin, currently Head of Popular and Contemporary Programming, will take over the role from September 2016.
Read the full press release here.