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RSNO unveils plans for new Glasgow home

14th February 2013

A £500,000 campaign to have a new home ready for Scotland’s flagship orchestra ready in time for the Commonwealth Games was launched today – as it emerged the cost of the project had risen by 40 per cent in the space of two years. The RSNO, currently operating from cramped headquarters at the Henry Wood Halls on Claremont Street, said it had now raised £1.25m through its own fundraising efforts thanks to private donors and sponsorship deals, with £500,000 of that going towards the final “fit-out” costs.

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Government’s Review of Planning Practice Guidance

14th February 2013

Policy Consultation

The Communities and Local Government Select Committee has been scrutinising the Government’s reforms of the planning system since the start of the parliament and will shortly be taking oral evidence from Nick Boles MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Planning, on the Government’s Review of Planning Practice Guidance: Consultation. Read the Trust’s Full response.

To view the written submissions online, please click here and download the written evidence.

To view the background and find out more, please click here. The 21 December exercise follows an announcement by the Government on 16 October 2012 that Lord Matthew Taylor of Goss Moor would lead and chair an External Group conducting a review of the planning practice guidance which supports the implementation of national planning policy. The External Group reported in December 2012.

The Review of Planning Practice Guidance: Consultation was published on 21 December and the Government invited responses to the consultation exercise by 15 February 2013. Read the Trust’s Full response.


Southbank Centre to unveil redevelopment plans

14th February 2013

Plans for an overhaul of its Festival Wing, which includes the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery complex, will be exhibited to the public from March 7 in an exhibition at the Royal Festival Hall.

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Moray council approves 100% cut in arts funding

14th February 2013

Moray council has agreed to cut £30m from its budget over the next three years with warnings of major cuts to services including the complete removal of funding for the arts. The withdrawal of funding for arts in Moray will seriously affect local theatre – among other arts groups – and could mean that touring troupes like the Royal Shakespeare Company would be unlikely to return.

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Newcastle Council finds £600,000 for arts sector

14th February 2013

An independent panel will decide how an annual fund of £600,000 is to be spent on arts and culture in Newcastle. The city council has announced the investment after originally proposing a 100% cut to its arts budget.

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Newcastle Council leader reveals plans to save arts

14th February 2013

The city council said it will find £600,000 a year to bankroll a new pot for the arts, ending fears of a 100% budget cut. The money will come from savings elsewhere, including interest earned from an earlier loan to Newcastle Airport. An independently managed fund will be open to contributions from businesses and other organisations, with council leader Nick Forbes saying he wants celebrities who campaigned against arts cuts to make a contribution.

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Theatre returns to Shakespeare's Shoreditch

14th February 2013

The Curtain and the Theatre, both used by Shakespeare, have recently applied for redevelopment as modern drama spaces

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Special conference: What future for regional theatre? 7 March

14th February 2013

Representatives from subsidised theatre across the UK will come together on Thursday 7 March at a special conference to discuss the impact of budget cuts and BECTU’s response.

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Arts leaders warn ‘still work to be done’ despite EBacc U-turn

14th February 2013

Leading figures from the cultural sector have described the government’s decision to drop its English Baccalaureate proposals as a “big win”, but have warned there is still work to be done to ensure the arts are placed at the heart of education.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber backs portable theatre-in-the-round (all it needs is a plug socket)

14th February 2013

Andrew Lloyd Webber may be at home in the glamorous surroundings of the West End stage, but his charitable foundation is backing a portable theatre that will bring exciting new work to locations from village halls to car parks across Britain. All it needs is a plug socket. The Roundabout auditorium, which is the brainchild of theatre company Paines Plough, is the first ever self-contained portable theatre-in-the-round and it aims to reinvigorate theatre in regions that have little access to the best new writing. Lord Lloyd Webber hopes the foundation’s involvement will bring in a wave of donations from others who have made millions in the West End to help reinvigorate grassroots theatre.

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