Arts under threat: a debate

in collaboration with the Independent Society of Musicians


In recent months, plans were put forward to reduce the number of players in our orchestras, and to disband the BBC Singers.  Arts Council England removed funding from prestigious organisations.  Culture is being squeezed in local authority budgets; and arts education is disappearing from many of our schools.

Against this backdrop, it is easy to despair, but we can make our voices heard. The Arts community has already come together, advocating fervently for the investment that our country needs.  Today’s debate will examine the current situation and look at what we can do to support and make the case for our cherished and world-leading Arts sector.

The arguments in favour of the Arts are overwhelming – not only do they contribute enormously economically and to soft power, but they are at the very soul of our country, and contribute to our national health. We’re delighted to be joined by a wonderful panel to explore some searching questions.  I hope you can join us. (Deborah Annetts)

Panellists to include:

Dame Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano
Sam Evans MD of Battersea Power Station Community Choir, Battersea Choral Society, Harrow Choral Society, Barcarolle and Kew Gardens Choir

(Chair) Deborah Annetts Chief Executive, Independent Society of Musicians

Jessica Duchen music critic, author and librettist

Antony Micallef British contemporary artist

Entrance is free
Booking essential


Jul 13 2023


2:00 pm

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The Pavillion
St Hilda's College, OX4 1DY