London’s concerthall disaster: some solutionsmain
The City’s abandonment of plans for a new concerthall provides an opportunity for a total overhall of London’s concert life.
1 Reprogramme the Barbican under new leadership to focus on younger, diverse audiences in east London.
2 Privatise the South Bank Centre, placing its artistic directorship in the hands of the resident orchestras to provide a clear blue line between its outut and the Barbican’s.
3 Recognise Kings Place and the Wigmore Hall as the natural residencies for chamber orchestra. Provide funding to KP, increase it for the Wigmore.
4 Integrate the Royal Albert Hall into the city’s concert schedules rather than treating it as an outlier. Provide funding for an international orchestra season to be shared with Cadogan Hall down the road.
5 Utilise the excellent concert halls inside the Royal Academy and the Royal College of Music.
6 The Arts Council should appoint a single commissioner of concerts to oversee all classical venues.