A time for orchestral compassion, and commonsense: Reprieve the LPO-4

A Facebook page has been opened, calling on the London Philharmonic to reinstate the four musicians it suspended in July for up to nine months over their demand that the Israel Philharmonic be banned from the BBC Proms.

I argued, at the time, in favour of the punishment. I also felt that it was too harsh and advocated an early reprieve.

Now is the time for the LPO to temper justice with compassion. It should restore the four players before Christmas. Draw a line under the unfortunate episode. Put the unhappiness of 2011 behind you.


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