The lamentable state of the so-called international conductors competition in Cordoba, which we exposed yesterday, has been defended by the orchestra in a letter to local media.
Its argument, apparently compiled by lawyers, states that the orchestra was not obliged to present a full jury at the early rounds. All it needed was the principal conductor (Lorenzo Ramos) and a few principal players to decide whether a candidate was worth advancing or not. Full defence here (in Spanish).
They may be within their rights to state that, but this is not a serious competition of international standard. Our complainant is a viola player in a London orchestra. He knows how professional conductors and players are meant to behave. Readers are strongly advised to avoid the Cordoba contest.