There just aren’t the words…

This is what you’re paying your BBC licence-fee for, music-loving ladies and gentlemen…

You are; I’m not…

Nor will I ever…

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3 thoughts on “There just aren’t the words…

  1. Sorry Mark, but you’ve got things out of proportion. I’m having two pieces played and broadcast today by the wonderful BBC Philharmonic, and if the BBC was closed down as you keep urging, it and the other orchestras wouldn’t exist. Forget about incompetent announcers and concentrate on what’s good!
    David Matthews


    • Much as I respect David Matthews as a composer, I find his praise for the BBC enormously naïve at best. Leaving aside the “poll tax” method of paying for the BBC, which is regressive and unfair even if the BBC (or parts thereof) were “wonderful”, the fact of the matter is that the BBC more generally is a dangerous, insidious propagandist that is instrumental in propping up the interests of a powerful corporate-political élite and rendering the true nature thereof invisible.

      The BBC Performing Groups may have many virtues (although I question whether, given their ostensible cultural remit, they go far enough in promoting new music), but they are welded to an institution that is rotten to the core. Given past restructuring over decades (cf. abolition of the Third Programme; BBC4) and the very palpable drop in the quality and seriousness of classical-music broadcasting in recent years, I have no confidence that the BBC will remain committed to maintaining its Performing Groups (let us not forget that hideous merger of two orchestras by the Sudwest Rundfunk in Germany — now that contemporary classical music in former West Germany has outlived its usefulness to its hidden benefactor, the CIA, we can expect this trend for closures and mergers to continue).

      Whilst I can understand Matthews’s pragmatic reasons for wanting to prop up a rotten institution to protect the /status quo/ of the BBC Performing Groups (it was also one of the reasons why Scottish musicians were urged to vote against independence in 2014), I have, from reading Doran’s excellent ‘blog-posts on the BBC over many years (as well as many other articles and ‘blog-posts from various other sources), become convinced that it would be far better to abolish the BBC, and find a new, better means for funding professional broadcast orchestras in the UK (imagine how much more money, whether from a licence fee “poll tax” or from a better method, might be made available for such endeavours if we got rid of all the inefficiency and overpaid stars of the BBC). It would help if distinguished composers such as Matthews joined this campaign, rather than throw in their lot with the BBC’s rotten bandwagon (I will refrain from saying “gravy-train”, because I suspect that Matthews himself, in the greater scheme of things, does not derive that much financial benefit from the BBC). At the very least, I would urge Matthews to read the rest of Doran’s ‘blog-posts on the BBC, if he has not already; I find it hard to imagine any reasonable person accusing Doran of having “got things out of proportion” after reading them all.


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