BBC orch in trouble as council suspends payment

BBC orch in trouble as council suspends payment


norman lebrecht

January 13, 2014

The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, based in Salford, near Manchester, was rescued in 2007 by a pledge from Salford Council to inject £20 million ($32m) over eight years. Salford was looking to uplift its identity above the mush of Greater Manchester and the orch, which competes with the Halle and Manchester Camerata for audiences, was keen to grab a lifeline outside the financially straitened BBC.

However, Salford Council has been hit by cuts and has told the orch it can’t pay much this year. Probably just £1m, according to MEN. How the BBC Phil will meet its bills is now on the agenda of numerous meetings.

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  • Nigel Curtis says:

    So how much does the BBC underwrite its own orchestra ?

    • David Boxwell says:

      Exactly, it’s not called the Salford Philharmonic Orchestra. Is Auntie settling too many law suits to pay musicians?

  • Bob Wild says:

    “Rescued”, as you put it Norman, suggests that without the funding we were doomed which we weren’t. Just wanted to clear that up.

  • Peter Leary says:

    Well said Bob. The BBC Orchestras, and particularly this one, have faced these threats and dangers many times before. Keep standards high, and retain integrity, and it will win through again.