Chief exec follows conductor out of royal orchestra

At the Royal Flanders Philharmonic, the Intendant Hans Verbugt has resigned with immediate effect.

Two months ago, music director Edo de Waart did the same, apparently after players complained he was ‘too demanding’.

Antwerp and the EU taxpayer are building a new concert hall for this orchestra. It was due to open later this year, but completion has been delayed to a date yet to be determined. Maybe they should get a Greek to run the show.


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  • May I ask what your source is for stating that players were complaining of De Waart being “too demanding”? The linked articles do not mention it and any chief conductor working to raise standards in his orchestra will hear these things from time to time – that does not necessarily make it a reason to resign.

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