Warnings are being heard across the classical music business that the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra cannot survive a ‘Yes’ vote in the independence referendum.
The BBCSSO is funded from London to provide broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 from concerts and studio sessions that take place in Scotland.
If Scotland left the UK, the BBC would have no duty or desire to maintain an orchestra north of the border. The next head of Radio 3 will come under immediate pressure to ‘rationalise’ an orchestra. Abolishing the BBC Scottish would relieve pressure on other ensembles.
That’s the political scenario as seen from London.
Here’s a journalistic view from Scotland. It does not markedly differ.