Trouble at Sydney Conservatorium

Trouble at Sydney Conservatorium


norman lebrecht

June 29, 2014

Most music cities make do with a Conservatoire, or conservatory, or just a plain old music school. Sydney, being a classical kind of place, has a Conservatorium. It is seldom a happy place. Despite the medieval exterior.

Conservatium of Music

The American tuba player Karl Kramer, who rules the school with a tongue of iron, has been involved with the dismissal of a languages teacher. Unfairly, it is said.

Professor Kramer thinks otherwise. Choice line from his emails: ‘Duct tape can’t fix stupid, but can muzzle it.’

Give that man a stand-up slot.