The VOCES8 Foundation supports the BBC in securing the future of the BBC Singers

Thursday 15th February 2024

The VOCES8 Foundation is delighted that the BBC has announced a sustainable plan for the future for the BBC Singers as an integral part of the BBC’s classical music provision. This news follows the conclusion of a project looking at the future of the BBC’s performing groups which was supported by a proposal from The VOCES8 Foundation.

BBC Singers staff will continue to be employed by the BBC, with a strong artistic identity, and remain core to BBC Radio 3 and the BBC Proms. The partnership with The VOCES8 Foundation will build on the valuable education and community work the BBC Singers already deliver across East London, as well as commercial work already undertaken, and the BBC will continue to identify new opportunities for additional revenue for the ensemble.

The BBC Singers have a busy schedule this year as they mark their centenary, and the BBC will be shining a spotlight on the group as their audience is invited to join their celebrations.

Paul Smith (CEO) and Barnaby Smith (Artistic Director) – The VOCES8 Foundation comment: “As a global, artist-led charity, dedicated to inspiring people through choral music, The VOCES8 Foundation was committed to a positive outcome for the future of the BBC Singers.  It is an honour and a privilege to have been able to work alongside the BBC towards this news and through it, to continue the Foundation’s commitment to finding innovative ways to extend learning and participation, and serve and grow global audiences for the artform. The Foundation looks forward to working together with the BBC Singers to demonstrate how choral music can positively impact communities in the UK and worldwide in the 21st century.”

In addition, over the past months the BBC has also been working closely with the MU to consider opportunities for the BBC’s orchestras.

The BBC and the Musicians’ Union said:

“The BBC and the MU have engaged in constructive talks over recent months. We are pleased that we have a strategywhich secures the future of the BBC Singers, and we look forward to celebrating their centenary year. We agree that artistic excellence, having a growing impact in music education, partnerships and operating on a financially stable footing are central to a long term, sustainable future for all of the BBC’s Performing Groups. We are committed to working together to deliver these objectives and will continue constructive discussions with the review of terms and conditions.”

The full BBC statement can found here.