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Fighting for the English National Opera’s future

31 January 2024

ENO artists have suspended strike action in their pay and jobs dispute, pending further talks. But that’s only one step in their fight for the future of the company, which is being forced to move out of London in the name of “levelling up”.

BBC journalists strike for local future

13 March 2023

BBC journalists are starting industrial action in defence of their jobs and their local stations. They have called a 24-hour strike on Wednesday 15 March, Budget Day, followed by a work to rule.

BBC Singers sacked – and reprieved

13 March 2023

Musicians, concert goers and radio listeners have united to condemn the BBC’s decision to close the BBC Singers as part of a plan to cut 20 per cent of jobs in BBC orchestras and music ensembles.

1951: the Festival of Britain

25 August 2021

Post-war Britain was beset by problems. For the majority of people, life was hard and difficult. The 1951 Festival of Britain was an antidote, looking to the future. It was immensely enjoyed and appreciated by the millions who attended.

An artist of note: Turner and the new £20

5 June 2020

The new £20 note and its subject, JMW Turner, are celebrated in a lecture about Turner as an artist and his understanding of Britain and industry. A minature piece of art and tehnology displayed by our sovereign currency!

Composing British unity

Organisations with “British” in their name ought to be concerned that they could lose this identity and be diminished if the Yes opinion wins September’s referendum on independence for Scotland, says composer Eddie McGuire.