PLAY ON: A MESSAGE FROM MEURIG BOWEN
Back in November, when we learnt that Britten Sinfonia was being cut from Arts Council England’s National Portfolio, the many generous, concerned messages I received finished so often by saying ‘please let me know what I can do to help’.
Now is that moment of asking for help, as we launch our PlayOn appeal to secure the orchestra’s future.
We’re asking everyone who loves music, and cares about culture and excellence, to join us in shouting from the rooftops about the continued importance of Britten Sinfonia – an ensemble which over 30 years has supported hundreds of young composers, pioneered cross-artform collaboration, celebrated the joyful richness of diverse musical cultures, and taken music into everywhere from the smallest East of England communities to the Sistine Chapel.
Great music takes time, dedication, skill, talent, commitment and passion and simply can’t be replicated overnight.We are so proud of the range and quality of our work, and are determined that this loss of ACE funding will not decrease or degrade what we do. The collective belief in the importance of this – for audiences, communities and the wider cultural ecology – is too great for that to happen.
If you share this belief, please think about donating to our Play On appeal. And please come and hear us play. Help us to make the case for our future as loudly, vividly and positively as possible, and thank you in advance for anything you can do.
Meurig Bowen, CEO and Artistic Director