Friday, 7 September 2012
Musical depression (1)
It sounds as if cuts will almost certainly be expected to affect the BBC's contract performers as there are plans to cut the budge by £2.1 million by 2016-17; that's about 10% of total spending. The administration of the BBC Singers is being merged with that of the BBC Symphony Orchestra which, from an outsider's point of view, seems quite sane. But reductions of 10% are going to be difficult to achieve whilst maintaining the current output. Isn't it about time that we reflected on the money, kudos and all sorts of other kinds of goodness that these organisations bring. But, of course, that sort of thing doesn't sit well with the government's bean counters. Still, we have to be thankful for small mercies; the Mysercough Report (which set all this off), didn't recommend that any of the ensembles be got rid of, at least this time.