TL Statement on BBC Classical Music CutsThu 30 March 2023
We welcome the news that the BBC is reconsidering their plans to cut the BBC Singers and 20% of BBC Orchestras as a result of new funding proposals. Please see below for our original statement, made on Friday 10 March:
Trinity Laban is deeply saddened to learn of cuts to the BBC Orchestras and the disbandment of the BBC Singers. We want to express our utmost appreciation for the Trinity Laban alumni and staff who play and sing in these ensembles. Their success has had a positive impact on so many, including our conservatoire. BBC artists are among the finest musicians in the World, and their loss this week is devastating. There is a desperate need for schemes to promote music across the nation, as outlined in the BBC’s new strategy, but also for exemplars at the highest level of performance to inspire young people to enter this profession.
Of course, this is not the first time in recent months that deep cuts to the classical music sector have been announced, a concerning trend that we must work hard and collaboratively to reverse. At Trinity Laban we remain steadfast in our commitment to training students from all backgrounds in readiness for a changing music industry.