That is very sad news. Especially since accoustic music, I believe, is more appreciated in the UK than the US. Only an observation of the amount of performances while visiting London. Soundfield and Sadie is fantastic equipment. Unfortunately, alot of music here is played back via MP3 on an ipod. And becoming moe popular everyday. If you don't believe me check out the performance of Apple's stock price over the last year.
Plus, remember the client has to pay a decent amount for quality. Some cannot justify the price when they see a single mic (even though it costs 5 grand) on a stand or hanging. Hence why the digi001 w/powerbook people exist.
I remember playing an orchestra pops job in a mid sized cathedral. There were mics on every desk of strings and winds. I asked the engineer why he needed so many mics for such a small space. He replied by saying the conductor likes seeing lots of mics even though he was using only about 1/4 of them! He was called for every job that season. We have to make the client happy at any expense, even beyond reason!