There’s a very odd article today in the Danish national newspaper Berlingske Tidende by the artistic director of Nordic Artists Management, Jacob Soelberg. In it, Soelberg asserts that the national broadcaster, DR, is absolutely right to shut down its chamber orchestra, because the ensemble is playing Mozart and Beethoven, no longer fulfilling its national purpose.
Sample quote from the Soelberg article: ‘It is important to clarify that the decommissioning of the chamber orchestra is not just a good solution, but also a necessary solution to preserve the Danish heritage at the highest levels within and outside the DR environment.’
Flaw in the argument: If the orch is not fulfilling its designated purpose, surely it should be reminded to do so, not abolished.
Our Danish interiors specialist reports that Soelberg, whose company runs the Malko and Nielsen competitions, recently got engaged to Marie Krarup, a leading politician from the Danish People’s Party. Marie Krarup’s sister, Katrine Winkel Holm, is (we understand) a member of the Danish National Radios board.
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