The Times calls out BBC music cowardsNews
A letter to the Times by Jean Clark draws attention to the silence of BBC music executives in the face of the abolition of the BBC Singers and one-fifth of orchestral jobs. Ms Clark writes:
… I found it strange that the departing head of music at Radio 3, Alan Davey, his successor Sam Jackson and the Proms director David Pickard – three names pivotal to the output of classical music at the BBC- should remain silent on the issue….
She is two-thirds right. Jackson does not take office until next month and cannot be implicated in this calamity.
The other two, however, needed to be named. Alan Davey, who is in titular charge of classical music at the BBC until the end of this month, has devoted all of his minimal energies to staying out of sight while his ensembles are being demolished. Over the past eight years, Davey has been adept at hiding from responsibility. He has done so, it appears, to the last.
Pickard, likewise, has seen his Proms resources decimated by the latest measures. He has taken instruction from above and hidden beneath the nearest pile of paperwork.