UK Government funds Brexit Big Band

UK Government funds Brexit Big Band


norman lebrecht

November 15, 2017

The UK Department for International Trade has offered a grant to composer Matthew Herbert and his Brexit Big Band. He will share £181,944 with 11 other artists.

The Department is headed by arch-Brexiteer Liam Fox.

Herbert says:  ‘The message from parts of the Brexit campaign were that as a nation we are better off alone. I refute that idea entirely and wanted to create a project that embodies the idea of collaboration from start to finish.’


  • Ungeheuer says:

    Brexit or no Brexit, orchestras are always about collaboration. Duh.

  • Steve P says:

    Kinda thought the message of brexit was not aloneness, but rather not being encumbered by States who don’t share similar values. But I could be wrong – heck, I voted for Trump, so my judgement is certainly questionable.

    • Will Duffay says:

      How could we not share values with liberal European nations with whom we have a shared history? Where else in the world would we be looking for shared values apart from fellow Western nations?

  • MSW says:

    Interesting. A great band, but a rather nebulous end goal, and arguably more personality-centric than about international trade/development or active community cohesion.

    Having been co-ordinating a thing which seems a tad more potent, direct, focussed and comprehensive in its breadth of musical spectrum since June 24th 2016, it’d be great to have a fundraiser on board! If this can get DIT funding, you’d think they’d be keen to fund our work. Anyone fancy helping out…?