Some MPs are calling for a Parliamentary debate on the BBC’s classical music cuts, and a letter (following one from orchestra conductors and another from various BBC Young Musicians) has now been sent to Tim Davie, Simon Webb, Charlotte Moore and Lorna Clarke from numerous choral conductors including Jane Glover, John Eliot Gardiner, Roger Norrington, Harry Christophers, John Butt, David Hill, Laurence Cummings, Stephen Layton, Nigel Short, and Peter Phillips. The letter begins, “As representatives of the UK’s freelance professional choral ensembles, we stand united in our utter dismay at the BBC’s planned disbandment of the UK’s only full-time professional chamber choir, the BBC Singers, and a 20% reduction to England’s BBC orchestras.

Feedback (Radio 4; March 31) – Paul Hughes (formerly Director of the BBC Singers & Symphony Orchestra) speaks out.

ISM comment on BBC Orchestras announcement.