These letters were published in the 26th December edition of the Independent
Arts Council Of England
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Saturday 08 January 2005
Last year I noted my surprise on seeing a production of Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker! in High Wycombe complete with recorded music but no orchestra. I thought it a little off that the production magically found an orchestra when it played in London. This week that rather bizarre policy became official. The Arts Council gave a sizeable grant for a new work by Bourne, which again will have recorded music everywhere apart from the capital.
Saturday 30 October 2004
Saturday 25 September 2004
There's a rather illuminating series running on Radio 4 at the moment. The Cultural State is a history of attitudes towards the arts in Britain, and is presented by the station's estimable arts reporter John Wilson. John is the son of the former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson, a fact of no cultural relevance whatsoever, unless one counts some of Wilson senior's more cultured saves.
Monday 13 September 2004
It's the kind of kitty that beer drinkers dream of - £15,000 to spend on a pub crawl. So when a group of Birmingham artists were handed that amount to organise a tour of the city's watering holes, the critics were quick to have their say.
Thursday 12 August 2004
An award-winning designer predicted yesterday that the problem-plagued Diana Memorial Fountain will have to close permanently in six months.
Friday 23 July 2004
The search for a new chairman for the crisis-ridden Scottish Opera was under way yesterday after the incumbent, Duncan McGhie, announced he was to quit the company, which has massive debts and is in the middle of negotiations over redundancies.
Saturday 01 May 2004
Arts Council England should move from London and set up its headquarters in the regions as a "symbolic statement" of commitment to projects outside the capital, according to a leading independent think-tank.
Saturday 10 April 2004
A third of the staff of the Scottish Opera, including the chorus, are facing the axe as the company battles to solve a mounting cash crisis.
Monday 01 March 2004
Monday 23 February 2004
Saturday 07 February 2004
Wednesday 08 October 2003
Tuesday 22 July 2003
Saturday 12 July 2003
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