We have been alerted to some social-media discontent in New Zealand over the appointment of Sir James MacMillan as conductor of the 2017 NZSO National Youth Orchestra.
Here’s a prominent sample:
I’m writing to express my concern and disappointment at the appointment of Sir James MacMillan as conductor of the 2017 NZSO National Youth Orchestra.
Regardless of his perceived qualities as a conductor and/or composer, his role with the NYO is primarily an educational one, to foster the talents of our young instrumentalists and composers. I would contend that his extreme conservative viewpoints – anti-secularist, anti-feminist, homophobic, islamophobic, misogynistic – make him unsuitable to be teaching and leading a large group of young people in a government-funded institution. I believe the NZSO has social responsibilities as well as musical ones….
Although some of his offending tweets have been deleted, James MacMillan’s twitter account is still a source of enthusiastic, radical conservatism….Many retweets of Roger Scruton articles, including his “Becoming a Family” which aggressively advocates for a return to traditional gender roles.
The letter is signed by Alex Taylor, a former composer-in-residence with the youth orchestra. Read the full text here.