Insult to Injury: BBC Singers Cut from Proms; Gathers 24,000 Signatures on

Music world reacts to dissolving BBC Singers

By Chris Ruel

Adding insult to injury, the BBC Singers, which will be dissolved as part of the BBC’s new classical music initiative will not even get a Proms send-off.

For over 100 years, the Singers have participated in the festivities, but under the new initiative, the group will be disbanded the week before Proms begin.

People within and without the classical music community have been weighing in on the BBC’s move to shutter the beloved ensemble, with many expressing both anger and sadness.

A petition has collected nearly 24,000 signatures and will soon rank among the top signed.

In a  tweet, composer Judith Bingham, OBE, wrote:


The King’s Singers jumped in:

British mezzo-soprano Jennifer Jonston commented as well:

Even the iconic British synthpop group Pet Shop Boys commented on their website that they were “very shocked and disappointed to learn that the BBC is closing down its remarkable choir, the BBC Singers…,” lead vocalist Neil Tennant wrote, adding, that he sang with them at Proms in 2014. “… [I] loved their beautiful singing and also their commitment to music and sense of fun.”