BBC demands to vet conductor’s Last Night speechmain
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.