The Royal Musical Association expresses deep concern about the BBC’s plans to fold the BBC Singers and reduce salaried orchestral posts by 20%. This is another blow to professional classical ensembles in the United Kingdom, coming in the wake of Arts Council England’s cuts to opera and other ensembles. It is a threat to the livelihoods of current and future musicians and reinforces the increasingly precarious working practices professionals in the creative industries face. The decision appears also to reinforce the announcement last year that the performing arts are no longer priority areas for government higher education funding. As the oldest and largest scholarly association for music in the UK, the RMA believes that the BBC’s decision will permanently damage the UK’s long-established international reputation in choral singing, orchestral playing and the performing arts more generally. We urge the BBC to reconsider its proposals.