Saturday, 17 September 2011

London Philharmonic suspends musicians

  • 4 musicians from the LPO signed a letter (published in The Independent) denouncing the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) as part of Israel's propaganda.

  • They were suspended for nine months (until June 2012).

  • The musicians were: cellist Sue Sutherley and violinists Tom Esner, Nancy Elan, and Sarah Streatfeild.

  • "For the LPO, music and politics do not mix" (Tim Walker, chief executive of the LPO, and Martin Hohmann, chairman).

  • "It is staggeringly bad judgement for the LPO to be seen to be attacking musicians who are simply voicing support for human rights" (Sarah Colborne, director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign).

  • 21 other musicians, including some from prominent groups, signed the letter.

  • The BBC suspended its live broadcast of the IPO's Proms concert due to heckling from the audience.

  • Source: The Guardian

    Comment: The New Statesman
    • Lots of people disturbed by LPO's response, think it an overreaction.
    • Seems decision meant as a deterrent.
    The LPO
    The IPO
    The Palestine Solidarity Campaign

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