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BBC Singers reprieved

Feb 25, 2023

BBC Singers

The BBC has paused its decision to close the BBC Singers, after “a number of organisations” came forward to offer alternative funding.

The group, which is the UK’s only full-time professional chamber choir, was targeted by budget cuts shortly before celebrating its 100th anniversary.

The proposal sparked a backlash, with 140,000 people signing a petition urging the BBC to reverse its decision.

A temporary reprieve has been granted, as new funding models are explored.

“I am confident that this does secure their future,” said Simon Webb, the BBC’s head of orchestras and choirs.

“But this has all happened just in the last few days – and what we’re looking for now is a little bit of time to quietly, confidentially have conversations with these external partners.”

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