Monthly Archives: February 2015

A new concert hall for London? Rattle rattles the begging bowl

Charlotte Higgins wrote an article in The Guardian, 23rd February 2015, “Simon Rattle is waving his baton at the wrong cause”, which was  right on target. The article dealt with Simon Rattle’s cry for a new concert hall for London, presumably so that he can conduct the LSO. What is needed is a level playing […]

A fight at the opera

A fight at the opera:Arts Council gives English National Opera last chance to improve”. The Guardian 13th February 2015. This soap has been running for some time. “The Arts Council set strict criteria for awarding National Portfolio funding status, two of which are a competent  business plan and sound  governance. The Arts Council has blown the […]

What’s wrong with opera

Charlotte Higgins in her article “Opera’s malaise does not stop at the Coliseum” (2.2.2014) fails to get to grips with the problem of opera “reinventing itself as a crucial part of our national cultural fabric”.  The problem is there is no policy for the arts in England. Arts funding is now run like a fifth rate hedge fund that […]