It must have been fun for the regular passengers, and no doubt the Arts Council judging team will have been impressed by the recruitment of InterCity Anglia in support as well as the ingenuity of the Eastern Touring Agency, which is coordinating the bid. But the spread of competitive tendering ought to set off a few alarms. We have just seen the London orchestras' expensive (and, in the end, pointless) exercise in it. Now another batch of hard-pressed arts organisations is forced to splash out in satisfaction of fashionable funding doctrines - so that most of them can be disappointed.
Even if they pay their way, they still face a diversion of time and energy. Shouldn't the funders encourage them to spend it on music instead of packaging?Reuse content