Funding cuts bite at Bath Festivals as Music Festival Director steps down.

Composer Alasdair Nicolson will be stepping down as artistic director of the Bath International Music Festival following this month’s event – after just two years in charge.

Bath Festivals – which runs the 66-year-old festival – said it was having to implement “structural changes” as arts funding shrank.

It said: “Like all arts organisations in a difficult economic climate, Bath Festivals is adapting to new financial realities and in order to continue to be able to deliver this remarkable festival, there will be a number of structural and creative changes for 2015, to be announced after this year’s programme.”

Mr Nicolson – who is also artistic director of the St Magnus International Festival in the Orkneys – said: “I have known Bath International Music Festival since my earliest days in music and was honoured to have been part of such a significant event in the British musical landscape. It is with some sadness that I go into my second festival knowing that it will be my last, but I have enjoyed programming two music festivals in Bath. I do hope the festival has a bright future, despite this difficult economic climate.”

More at the Bath Chronicle here.

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