Just in: Spanish bank creates a new orchestra

Announced today, a call has gone out to ‘elite young instrumentalists aged 22- 31 from all over Spain’ to audition for the Bankia Symphony Orchestra (OSB). Full details here.

Hang on a minute.

Bankia is one of the rogue Spanish banks that had to be bailed out with taxpayers money in the past decade. Now it can afford an orchestra?

Not sure whether to laugh or cry.




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  • Does it say whether they will get paid? My Spanish isn’t that good. Or will it turn out ike the “Mahler Philharmonic”?

  • And what sense should it make to have double woodwinds, two trumpets, three trombones, but only two horns and neither timpani nor percussion?

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