Two orchestras go on strike today

Two orchestras go on strike today


norman lebrecht

April 09, 2015

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra looks like losing tonight’s concert.  Players voted to strike from today if agreement had not been reached on a new contract.  It is the first orchestral strike in country’s history.  Olari Elts was down to conduct Mozart symphonies nos. 32 and 40, with Shai Wosner playing Mozart’s D minor concerto.

Lights out in Rejjavik’s brave new concert hall. At least for tonight.


rejkjavik concert hall

In Spain, musicians in the Grand Canaries philharmonic orchestra (music director Pedro Halffter) have gone on strike over what they describe as ‘a complete breakdown of understanding’ with the administration (a situation not uncommon in Spain, we understand).