The Scottish National Party's Mr Pete Wishart, Member of Parliament for Perth & North Perthshire, has welcomed the announcement by Perth & Kinross Council that Magnus Linklater CBE, former Chairman of the Scottish Arts Council, was today appointed Chairman of the Board of Horsecross Arts to steer the next stage of the organisation’s development.
Mr Wishart said:
"Horsecross - which encompasses both Perth Theatre and the Perth Concert Hall - has experienced some well-publicised difficulties recently but it has a massive role to play in the cultural and economic landscape of Perthshire and this appointment is a real statement of intent on the part of the Council.
"Magnus Linklater is an extremely significant figure on the Scottish arts scene and I am confident that under his stewardship this award-winning cultural hub will be back on the right track very quickly indeed.
"The Concert Hall is a fantastic venue. In fact, I am going there this evening for Dougie MacLean's concert and I am looking forward to discussions with Magnus Linklater and the recently appointed interim chief executive of Horsecross Arts, Colin McMahon, about their vision for the future."