Wednesday 21 February 2018

National Concert Hall reports uplift as audience numbers rise

Sinead O'Connor
Sinead O'Connor
Sinead O'Connor

Gordon Deegan

Sell-out shows by Sinead O'Connor, the 'Buena Vista Social Club' and the award-winning 'The Gloaming' contributed to the National Concert Hall (NCH) recording its biggest crowds since 2009 last year.

A total of 329,650 patrons went through the doors as ticket sales rose by 2.85pc to €7m - the highest figure since 2010.

The directors' report states that "the average spend per customer saw a slight increase and breaking €7m in box office sales was reflective of the growth in visitor numbers, both signs of uplift in the economy as well as the strength of the programme and intensive marketing effort".

In a break even year for the NCH, the venue last year played host to 898 events.

The accounts show that chief executive Simon Taylor received €102,521 in salary. In his report, Mr Taylor said the NCH had "a very busy and successful year" in 2014. He added that the NCH delivered "a programme of quality, breadth and diversity, while achieving increased attendances and a balanced budget".

Accounts recently filed with the Companies Office show that the NCH recorded a modest loss of €4,433 and this followed a loss of €13,389 in 2013.

The modest losses of 2014 and 2013 followed the NCH recording a profit of €115,164.

The NCH at the end of November last had reserves of €2.592m. The NCH's cash stood at €4.63m. Numbers employed last year totalled 102 with staff costs declining marginally to €2.67m.

Fundraising income topped €477,277, while the NCH also received €2.14 in grant aid. The RTE Concert Orchestra performed 41 concerts at the venue in 2014.

Irish Independent

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