Birmingham is sinking into post-Nelsons bluesmain
A Birmingham Post report by veteran music critic Christopher Morley suggests that all is not well at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Music director Andris Nelsons is leaving and there is no replacement in sight.
There are 14 vacant seats in the orchestra, some of them long unoccupied. Two trumpet players have left, along with a harpist and ‘the greatest tympanist in the country’ (according to Simon Rattle, himself a specialist timp).
Morale is poor, says Morley, adrenaline low.
There is also the possibility – unmentioned – that chief executive Stephen Maddocks may be lured back to the BBC.
Gloom all round. Read Morley here.