Sakari Oramo has told the Times that BBC officials have demanded to see advance text of his speech at the Last Night of the Proms.
The intervention follows a furore caused by Daniel Barenboim’s anti-Brexit remarks early in the season.
It is an absurd over-reaction by a pair of bureaucrats Alan Davey and David Pickard, probably acting on orders from above. The pair of desk-jockeys know they should have vetted Barenboim, who is overtly political.
But Oramo, who is chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, is the least political of artists – despite his unfortunate taste in waistcoats.