“CBSO opens new season amid £1m fundraising plea
Symphony orchestra in battle to raise huge amount of money after facing budget cuts of 24 per cent since 2010
The CBSO will open its new season tonight with a plea to concert goers to help it raise £1 million to support the company after it was hit by budget cuts.
The orchestra, which will be performing the complete Beethoven symphonies over six days at Symphony Hall from tonight, has seen its funding cut by 24 per cent since 2010.
It says it needs the extra cash to support its work delivering key concerts, providing musical opportunities for youngsters and to continue with its four-year major community project in Perry Barr to commemorate the First World War.
The orchestra, which is planning its centenary in 2020, says it is looking to raise £1 million to support its work this year, around 80 per cent of which has already been committed.
Players from the orchestra are writing personally to thousands of regular concert goers with an appeal to raise £50,000 after an anonymous supporter pledged to match fund every £1 up to £50,000.