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In a first official response, Arts Council England has distanced itself from English Touring Opera’s decision to replace half its players with ‘more diverse’ personnel.
‘We did not instruct the English Touring Opera to send this letter,’ said ACE. ‘We are now in conversation with ETO to ensure no funding criteria have been breached’.
The Arts Council England is ETO’s largest funder at £1.78 million a year. The Musicians Union is infuriated at the ETO move.
We await developments from ETO, which is not replying to media emails.