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  • Liverpool Philharmonic Hall: Open again after refurbishment

    18 November 2014,

    Orchestral concerts have returned to Hope Street in Liverpool after Philharmonic Hall reopened its doors, with the RLPO’s first concert of the season taking place on 13 November.

  • Paul Hamlyn Foundation 20th year of Awards for Artists

    14 November 2014,

    The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has announced its 2014 Awards for Artists, marking the 20th year of the awards. Five visual artists and three composers will each be given £50,000 over three years to support their work, with no 'strings attached in terms of how the money can be used,' according to the stated principles of the Awards.

  • The Orfeo cancellation: why ENO pulled the plug

    14 November 2014,

    For John Berry, ENO’s artistic director, it was a bitter pill to swallow when he realised he would have to abandon the L’Orfeo project. ‘We just had to be pragmatic,’ he said. ‘Sometimes you just have to take really hard decisions’. In April he had announced programme for 2015 that was bold and exciting, and flew in the face of austerity, with a fund-raising programme that signalled a reduced reliance on subsidy.

  • UK orchestras: reaching millions, perhaps billions, of people worldwide

    13 November 2014,

    The Association of British Orchestras has produced a video to promote the work of the UK’s orchestras across the arts and entertainment industries. It accompanies a new report which advocates for UK orchestras' sustained public funding as a key part of the nation's large creative economy.

  • Budget cuts force ENO to pull out of Bristol Orfeo

    11 November 2014,

    English National Opera's co-production with the Bristol Old Vic of Monteverdi's Orfeo has been cancelled, with ENO artistic director John Berry blaming 'the challenging funding situation from April 2015'. The decision to withdraw from the production was made in the interests of achieving a balanced budget for the 2015/16 financial year, he said in a statement.