BBC to Increase Its Spend on Orchestras and Proms

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra – one of five orchestras funded by the BBC.

BBC to Increase Its Spend on Orchestras and Proms

Broadcaster planning ‘biggest-ever classical music season across the BBC’.

In its 2018/19 Annual Plan, which has just been published, the BBC has committed to increasing its spending on BBC orchestras and the BBC Proms by £2m, from £26m to £28m.

The annual plan sets out the broadcaster’s creative plans for the year, across all channels and platforms.

It states that this year will ‘mark the launch of a major, year-long season of programmes across Radio 3 and BBC Four, under the heading of “Our Classical Century”’ and ‘it will represent the biggest-ever classical music season across the BBC – unique in breadth and scale, and designed to engage audiences of all ages.’

The BBC is also planning increases in the daytime broadcasting of UK music on services such as BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6 Music.

RTÉ’s orchestral review
The news about BBC’s orchestral spend comes at a time when RTÉ is undertaking a review of its orchestral provision, citing ‘financial challenges’. There has been a strong response from the music community to the news that RTÉ’s orchestral provision may be downgraded, and political parties have also commented on the issue.

RTÉ recently announced its new five-year strategyIt states that ‘RTÉ will continue to be the leading provider of orchestral music in the country’, but that the review of orchestral provision will ‘make recommendations on ways to ensure the long-term vibrancy, quality and sustainability of RTÉ’s orchestral output.’ The review was initially scheduled to be completed in February but has not been submitted to RTÉ yet.

For the full BBC plan, visit Find out more about the RTÉ orchestral review below.

Published on 29 March 2018

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