Information has emerged about a house-clearing policy put in place by NEC president Tony Woodcock, before he fired popular conductor Benjamin Zander in dubious circumstances.
First, Woodcock got rid of two Zander protégés: YPO assistant conductor and clarinetist Jonathan Cohler, and the well liked young Irish conductor John Page, who was NEC’s resident conductor.
Also shot through the door was Dean and Executive Director, Mark Churchill, the man who set up NEC’s connection to Venezuela’s El Sistema, as well as NEC at Walnut Hill School, the NEC Lab Charter School and more.
Mark Churchill was forced into retirement with the words: “You will be missed and we will remain grateful for all your contributions.” At Woodcock’s present rate of progress, few of Mark’s contributions will survive.
If you care for the future of NEC and for natural justice in the music profession, get out today and demonstrate.