Below average

First published in Spectators Notes

WHILE browsing the world wide web this week, Spectator came across a BBC article which, one admits, may have escaped his newshound colleagues’ notice earlier this year.

Apparently, while Durham Cathedral asks visitors for a £5 donation, they give – on average – just 32p.

The Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove, the Dean of Durham, was quoted as saying the amount ‘doesn’t compare very favourably’ with what was needed.

That’s putting it lightly, surely. With Cathedral running costs topping £1m a year, perhaps it’s time we all dug a little deeper.

ONE’S more culturally sophisticated bones were virtually jingling with excitement when a press release inviting us to ‘Indulge in a night of classical music’ arrived at Times Towers this week.

The Northern Sinfonia at the Gala Theatre at last?

Well, not quite. ‘A recorded performance of the Northern Sinfonia will be broadcast’ at the Durham venue, the notice records.

Quite what the quality of the sound and experience will be, only dedicated Prokofiev and Bizet fans will be able to tell.

But surely it’ll be just like watching it on the telly?

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