For 30 years The Belmont Ensemble has brought joy to thousands of people and raised millions of pounds to support the work of St Martin-in-the-Fields and the homeless.
Now in the midst of a global pandemic, with no consultation we have been informed by email, by the Director of Music at St Martin-in-the-Fields, that our concerts will end. We have effectively been summarily dismissed. To kick loyal musicians when they are already on their knees is an absolute disgrace.
We now know that this has been planned for several years and the Pandemic is being used as a convenient cover.
We call on people of all faiths and none to support our call on senior management at St Martin's to immediately reverse this decision, which will cause severe hardship for hundreds of our musicians in numerous orchestras and choirs, who have served and supported St Martin's faithfully, building a concert series from virtually nothing over three decades, creating the commercially and artistically successful concert series we see today.
This abrupt and dismissive action is callous and un-christian behaviour. It will reduce the viability of hundreds of our musicians' freelance work and put many professional orchestras out of business
Please sign our petition HERE
Read Article from 'The Observer' 20.9.20 HERE
Read Article by Classic FM 21.9.20 HERE
Read Peter G Dyson's blog for
The Incorporated Society of Musicians HERE
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