Arts companies positive after meeting new Culture Minister

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Representatives from Scotland’s five national arts companies met with new Culture Minister Linda Fabiani for the first time yesterday. Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the National Theatre of Scotland now deal directly with the government, after they were removed from the Scottish Arts Council’s funding remit. Ms Fabiani said: “Today I met with our National Performing Companies to hear more about their work and the range of activities in which they are all involved. I was impressed by the sheer variety of work they do.” The companies are widely thought to be in rude health, following financial struggles in the past. Scottish Opera is due to introduce its new season, boasting short operas by authors Ian Rankin and Alexander McCall Smith. The National Theatre meanwhile is riding high on the success of its much-lauded play Black Watch, which is due to tour the US this autumn.

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