The London Sinfonietta have made a big song and dance about being invited to play Steve Reich at the Glastonbury rock festival.
Turns out, they can’t afford the trip and have gone online to raise cash.
So far, without much success. Just £270 has trickled in out of a required £3,000.
Crowd funding is, in our long-established view, the wrong way for an orchestra or opera house to do business. It smacks of desperation – as it did with New York City Opera – and it encroaches on a device that exists to help individuals, not organisations.
The Sinfonietta have done themselves no favours, not least by appearing to fail.
Maybe they should just ring Metallica and ask for spare change.