British orchestras are giving more concerts and making less money, according to a survey by their trade organisation, the ABO.
The ABO version:
The report, commissioned by Association of British Orchestras (ABO), which will be launched at their annual conference, compares their performance since a similar survey three years ago and shows how they last year:
delivered 7% more concerts and performances compared to 2013
visited 42 foreign countries, compared to 35 in 2013
reached almost 900,000 children and young people, a 35% increase on the previous survey
The survey also shows how, despite these achievements, orchestras actually earned less money. This, combined with public funding cuts of up to 11% had left them with a 5% drop in their total income.
The unexplained bit: every symphony orchestra loses money on public concerts – an average £30,000 loss in London. The Royal Festival Hall (below) is playing to a shrinking classical attendance. So why give more concerts unless you have the means to do so?
What part of the equation are we missing here?