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.