A Swiss orchestra faces the chop

A Swiss orchestra faces the chop


norman lebrecht

April 02, 2015

Etienne Abelin of Lucerne Festival Orchestra has posted this appeal:


etienne abelin

Please take a short moment to support this online petition (German and English) to save the professional Symphony Orchestra Biel Solothurn, Switzerland.

And please share the link on as many channels as possible.

The local council of Biel has put a request to the city council to approve to the closure of the Symphony Orchestra Biel Solothurn and to replace it with a mere project orchestra. The city council has its meeting on April 22. The more local, national and international support we can show in the coming few weeks, the better will be the chances of the orchestra’s survival. Thank you in advance for your support and for a sign of support to the orchestra musicians, something they much deserve in this difficult moment. http://bit.ly/1Dum4aT


  • Fiona Bennett says:

    In this day and age, more and more of our wonderful orchestras face cutbacks and closure. Please help save this one. It really matters.

  • Russell Platt says:

    Very sad to hear this. The Biel orchestra has a special place in my heart, since they gave the world premiere of my “Eurydice: A Serenade for Strings” in 2011. Very nice of them to make a little space for a U.S. composer.

  • Martin Locher says:

    Why now, so short after a promising merger of theatre and orchestra resulting, as fas as I know, a raise in attendance?