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Ivors Academy warns BBC of ‘damaging consequences’ of classical music cuts

A letter was signed by 462 composers and musicians showing their support for the BBC performing group musicians.

Ellie Iorizzo
Thursday 16 March 2023 21:28 GMT
Lloyd Coleman, chair of the Ivors Academy Classical Council (Paul Blakemore/PA)
Lloyd Coleman, chair of the Ivors Academy Classical Council (Paul Blakemore/PA)

The chair of the Ivors Academy Classical Council has written a letter urging the BBC to re-think proposed cuts to classical music performing groups, warning of the consequences for the future of music.

Last week, the BBC announced plans to scrap its in-house chamber choir, the BBC Singers, and reduce salaried orchestral posts across the BBC English Orchestras by around 20%.

The broadcaster confirmed the decision to close the BBC Singers will result in the loss of 20 posts.

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