The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has sounded a solemn note in its annual report, warning the Dutch government that it will lose a world-class asset if it does not increase state subsidy.
‘Our position is still strong but it is weakening fast,’ said David Bazen, the orch’s commercial director.
Despite artistic success at home and on tour, the Concertgebouw ran up an annual deficit of 836,461 Euros.
Bazen warned that there are few opportunities to increase income. Ticket prices are already among the highest in the sector and new sponsors are being actively deterred by a sense of financial crisis. The music director, Mariss Jansons recently announced his departure.
‘In two years’ time, Holland may no longer have an international orchestra,’ warned chief executive Jan Raes.