BBC proposes to move orchestra to Nottingham

BBC proposes to move orchestra to Nottingham


norman lebrecht

May 18, 2023

A new proposal has been aired in talks between the BBC and the Musicians Union on reducing the broadcaster’s classical headcount and finding other sources to finance its orchestras.

Nottingham is one possibility.

The MU’s Naomi Pohl thinks the talks are stalled.


  • Bostin'Symph says:

    I honestly don’t know why the BBC doesn’t sweat its orchestral assets a lot more than it does: the man in the UK street would be forgiven for not knowing that the orchestras exist: they’re rarely given television air time, apart from during the Proms, and there seems to be little representation on the iPlayer or on YouTube – pirate uploads provide by far the biggest content from BBC orchestras. Compare the British output with, for example WDR or the Frankfurt Symphony Orchestra (the Hesse radio orchestra).

  • anon says:

    This isn’t a new idea, BBC Concert Orchestra going to Nottingham has been rumoured for a while. I personally think it would be great, so long as it doesn’t disrupt the already excellent classical season at the Royal Concert Hall by it meaning fewer visits from the many excellent visiting orchestras they have at the mo.

    Nottingham has a vibrant classical scene but there’s still room for it to grow and the orchestra could visit Leicester and Derby easily from there too, which would cover a significant part of the population.

  • Dr David Rhodes says:

    Living in Nottingham as I do, we have heard very strong rumours that the BBC Concert Orchestra is to be moved here…

  • Warren stutely says:

    If the BBC want to save money why not close down one of their radio stations blasting out consumer capitalist rock/pop. Or is that “too radical man “. Dumbing down obviously rules !!!!

    • Andrey says:

      This is because rock/pop radio stations are making money and attract audience I suppose? Let’s all learn classical music is a small and even dying breed.