Seven questions to sack-happy Tony Woodcock of NECmain
1 Why was it necessary to sack an experienced, popular conductor of the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra?
2 Was there, perhaps, an element of age discrimination?
3 Why, after privately ending his contract, did you then link him in public to the presence of a former – indeed, reformed – sex offender who was employed at rehearsals?
4 Were you aware that the offence took place 21 years ago, that the offender is fully rehabilitated, and that raising the issue now is both morally dubious and legally contestable under statutes of limitations?
5 What have you got against Benjamin Zander?
6 What are you going to tell the students?
7 Should supporters be worried about the authoritarian regime at the New England Conservatory?
Answers on a postcard, please.