Birmingham faces 25% arts cuts

Birmingham faces 25% arts cuts


norman lebrecht

December 10, 2015

The ruling Labour council of Britain’s second city has announced swingeing cuts to the performing arts, including the world-renowned City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Graham Vick’s Birmingham Opera.

The timing could not be worse for the CBSO, which is on the point of choosing a new music director.

Details here.

birmingham ring

pictured: Birmingham’s Ring


  • Eddie Mars says:

    Philistine idiocy.

    I wonder if Councillor Holnbrook has the slightest clue how much visitor revenue the CBSO and Birmingham Opera generate for the city?

  • Halldor says:

    The timing has been known about in Birmingham for at least 3 years; the City Council flagged these cuts up at the time of the last arts funding settlement. Every affected organisation has long since factored this cut into their budget.

    Still disappointing though.

    (Weird choice of picture – the Mariinsky’s flop 2014 Ring Cycle at the Hippodrome had nothing to do with any of city’s council-funded arts organisations.)