Alarm over Arts Council award to Tory donor’s sonmain
We’re hearing cries of ‘foul!’ over a £100,000 Arts Council handout to Nevill Holt Opera in the Midlands.
Nevill Holt was founded by Tory donor and Boris pal David Ross on his estate in Leicestershire.
Ross, 55, is chairman of the National Portrait Gallery and the Royal Opera House in London.
Last month, he handed over the running of Nevill Holt Opera, giving the title ‘patron’ to his son, Carl, perhaps to avoid any suspicion of conflict with his own ROH role.
Carl is 17 and still at school. He has just accepted a lavish Arts Council cheque for £85,000.
We are really delighted that our application to @ace_national #CulturalRecoveryFund was successful. It matters to us that we work with artists and freelancers to share great performances with our audiences. We are grateful that this grant will help us do this for years to come. pic.twitter.com/XLDUaDq5Cn
— Nevill Holt Opera (@NevillHoltOpera) October 12, 2020
Something’s not quite kosher here.