The chief executive of English National Opera, Cressida Pollock, has responded swiftly to a weekend petition calling on her board to fight plans to reduce the orchestra and chorus.
Cressida writes: ‘Let me promise you one thing – we are committed to preserving a permanent chorus at ENO. ‘
But (the big But): ‘Whilst we remain committed to our permanent ensembles, we also recognise that we have to make significant cost savings in order for ENO to be a more sustainable organisation in the long-term. We are working towards a solution with the ENO chorus which would see them maintained as a permanent ensemble but with a greater degree of flexibility in their contracts, which reflects the economic reality of ENO’s situation.
‘We are looking at ways we can reduce our reliance on freelance backstage staff, in order to preserve our backstage ‘family’ and protect full time positions – as these individuals provide the backbone to our company.
‘We realise that your support is needed now, more than ever.’
Read Cressida’s full statement here.