Breaking: Berlin chorus walks out on strike

The Berlin radio chorus walked out today on its first strike in 89 years, forcing the cancellation of a Brahms German Requiem recording.

The chorus has not received a pay rise in ten years and has been out of contract since 1993. Enough was enough.

The strike is indefinite. The radio chorus works regularly with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

More here.


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  • Really makes you wonder what on earth the Metropolitan Opera in New York can possibly be complaining about. Most UK musicians (and, it seems, some German ones) would be in clover with the Met’s salaries and terms of employment.

  • Just to be clear, this is one of four (4) entities under the:

    Rundfunk-Orchester und -Chöre GmbH Berlin

    as follows:

    *Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
    *Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
    *Rundfunkchor Berlin <— entity ON STRIKE
    *RIAS Kammerchor

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