Slightly less bad hair in Birmingham

Slightly less bad hair in Birmingham


norman lebrecht

December 15, 2010

The Guardian reports that arts cuts by Birmingham Council have been agreed at 17 percent, down from £12m to £10.1 million, which is nowhere near Monday’s leaked worst-case scenario.

The cake is not being evenly sliced. Birmingham Royal Ballet takes an 18% hit, Birmingham Opera loses 15% but the flagship City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is pinched by just nine percent. This looks to me like a triumph for intensive lobbying and solid good sense in Britain’s second largest city.


  • Chris Walsh says:

    Not such a triumph for the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG), who have lost all their funding.
    In addition to being a world-class contemporary music ensemble, BCMG’s Sound Investments scheme allows lovers of contemporary music to sponsor leading composers to produce new works.
    We really can’t afford to lose a resource that appears to be doing something that no one else is doing.