British composers will occupy the first ten days of Sir Simon Rattle’s tenure as music director of the London Symphony Orchestra when he takes over in September.
The Centre for Music, which had a Treasury grant of £5.5m withdrawn when the government changed its mind and decided it was not value for money, has had a significant boost from the Corporation of London.
The Labour MP Tristram Hunt is to be the next director of the Victoria & Albert Museum, resigning his Stoke-on-Trent Central parliamentary seat and prompting a by-election.
Maria Balshaw, the director of the Whitworth and Manchester Art Galleries, is expected to be named to succeed Sir Nicholas Serota at director of Tate.
The business and culture secretaries joined with London’s Labour mayor in pledging to battle on behalf of the cultural industries last night as they acknowledged the sector was the fastest growing in the UK economy – although, they were told, educational pull-backs could cause it serious harm.
A 75 metre long rotor blade is being installed in Hull’s Queen Victoria Square.
Arts and heritage in the New Year Honours List.
Creative Scotland to lose less than 1%
The Tiny Tims whose spirits inhabit the Ragged School Museum in Tower Hamlets have had an early Christmas present in the form of a £4.3m Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
MPs have claimed that London is still getting too big a slice of government arts funding.