A source in the English National Orchestra says that they were told today of plans to cut the chorus.
As of next season, chorus members will have their contracts cut to 75% of present contracts and will be out of work from May to August.
The orchestra were also told that there is no guarantee for the future.
English National Opera is under extreme financial pressure since the Arts Concil cut their grant.
By general consent, they are producing their best work, but the Arts Council is not intereted in art.
The effect on the chorus will be devastating. Some will have to leave London to make ends meet.
Bad, bad news.
UPDATE: An ENO official tells us nothing is final, negotiations continue. But there will have to be cuts.