Never heard of them.
Disbandment of the BBC Singers
I strongly recommend and request that you sign this petition to help save one of the premier choral groups in the world. Once again, clueless bean counter bureaucrats are at work to dismantale a revered 100 year old institution. Thank you for your help!
Yes, but the government is intended to represent the will of the people and they are getting a hard fight on this decision.
Letter from conductors and artists associated with the BBC
Letter from representatives of UK’s freelance professional choral ensembles inc The Sixteen, The Tallis Scholars, The Monteverdi Choir and Tenebrae https://twitter.com/thesixteen/status/1636383165291036676?s=46&t=sYdV-Y6YFOCc8eGY1ZKWzg
Letter from nearly 800 internationally renowned composers inc John Adams, Eric Whitacre and Thomas Ades https://jamesweeks.org/bbc-singers-open-letter-from-composers/
Letter from music academics from across UK Universities and academic institutions https://uob-my.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/personal/emjp_bristol_ac_uk/EShx2oUgfEBMhmYED3UQ8usBPiKLnCVneb_vKpsrunp8Ow?rtime=cLy-xSsn20g
Letter from major music publishing houses https://www.fabermusic.com/news/uk-classical-music-publishers-letter-regarding-the-planned-closure-of-the-bbc-singers14032023
Letter from 150 British Cathedral Directors of Music and organists https://twitter.com/emmacleobury/status/1636769140471115776?s=46&t=sYdV-Y6YFOCc8eGY1ZKWzg
Latest national press coverage
A selection of the latest articles on this issue. Please read them and share them. It bumps them to the top of the “most read” section of their respective websites!
The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/music/2023/mar/13/bbc-chief-draws-ire-of-700-composers-with-devastating-plan-to-axe-choir
The Spectator https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/speak-up-for-the-unsung-bbc-singers/
The Critic https://thecritic.co.uk/excellence-for-everyone/
The Times https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/will-musicians-have-the-courage-and-resources-to-snub-the-proms-lgk7szr0h
MPs call for a debate in parliament
Barbara Keeley MP Shadow Minister for the Arts and Civic Society and Anna Firth MP have both called for a debate in parliament on the decision to axe the BBC Singers.
A compact guide to how you can help the BBC Singers
This blog makes it incredibly clear what we can all do to help the BBC Singers. Please share it with you friends, family colleagues and social networks! https://blog.thoroughlygood.me/2023/03/14/what-you-can-do-to-save-the-bbc-singers-and-orchestral-musicians/