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  • Parting shot from ENO chairman declares John Berry ‘the problem not the solution’

    26 January 2015,

    The outgoing chairman of English National Opera, Martyn Rose, has called ENO’s direction under artistic director John Berry ‘wholly unsustainable’ in a letter sent to Sir Vernon Ellis, ENO’s president. ENO has denied several points in the letter and denied accounts that Berry and executive director Henriette Götz are not talking.

  • Tax relief for orchestras ‒ chancellor announces commitment

    23 January 2015,

    The chancellor George Osborne has announced details on tax relief for British orchestras to match the existing scheme for theatres Though mentioned in the Autumn Statement as a option being considered, it is only now that details have been confirmed. It is not due to come into force until April 2016, however.

  • Three Choirs Festival launches foundation in 300th year

    23 January 2015,

    The Three Choirs Foundation was officially launched last night at an event at the House of Lords hosted by Lord Faulkner of Worcester. The speakers were Dame Felicity Lott, Sarah Connolly and Sir Michael Perry (chairman of the foundation), while Adrian Partington (director of music at Gloucester Cathedral) read a message from Edward Gardner, who was in rehearsal at ENO. The men of Gloucester Cathedral Choir sung plainchant and Byrd's Vigilate.

  • Southbank and resident ensembles announce 2015/16 seasons

    22 January 2015,

    The Southbank Centre and its four resident ensembles, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, have announced their 2015/16 seasons. With the Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall and other spaces in the Southbank’s Festival Wing becoming unavailable for up to two years from September for a £24m repair and maintenance project, many events will take place at St John’s, Smith Square.

  • Martyn Rose to step down as chairman of funding-hit ENO

    21 January 2015,

    The chairman of English National Opera, Martyn Rose, will step down from his position on 15 February, reportedly because he believes that a full-time commitment is required to guide the organisation through its £5m drop in Arts Council England funding.