National orchestra boss is sacked after 10 months

The national orchestra of Belgium has shown artistic director Jozef de Witte a quick route to the door.

The media have been informed of irreconcilable differences. 

De Witte, a political appointee, had no recent orchestral experience. For the past 11 years he had been running an anti-racism organisation.

The position is presently critical since the orchestra is under threat of being merged with La Monnaie opera orchestra.

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  • I want the following to be taken as a sincere question, not suggesting an answer. I have no knowledge of this topic.

    Was he hired because his previous work experience was felt to be needed in his new position?

    • No, it is a public secret the current right wing government wanted to get rid of him at the Unia (Centre for equal treatment and against racism).

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