Word has been out for some time that Stephen Jackson’s position as director of the BBC Chorus was in jeopardy. Singers have now received confirmation by email from Alan Davey, head of Radio 3, and BBC Symphony Orchestra general manager Paul Hughes that Jackson’s contract has not been renewed. No reason was given.
Jackson, who has led the choruys nsince 1989, is saying nothing. But we hear that the BBC decision has gone down badly with members of the Chorus who tell us they are disgusted and disillusioned at the loss of a brilliant and effective leader. The sacking has been handled badly by BBC standards. There are protests afooot.
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