Worst-run orchestra makes BBC Proms debut

We have regaled you for several years with the comic maladministration of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, a Geneva ensemble that achieved world fame under Ernst Ansermet and subsequently subsided into provincialism.

Latest reports from Geneva suggest that the company may be undergoing a slow recovery in the hands of the partner of a talented young conductor. One sign of its revival is a spot at the BBC Proms in the orchestra’s centenary year.

Other visiting orchestras include the Berlin Philharmonic with Kirill Petrenko – whom Proms bosses turned down just three years ago – Rotterdam with Yannick, Musica Aeterna with Currentzis, Minnesota with Vanska, Paavo Järvi’s Estonian Festival Orchestra, along with Boston, Baltimore, Bergen and Budapest.

Full programme now online.

 

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  • Steve says:

    Hard to believe that this orchestra of such historical significance never debuted at the Proms…

  • Sue says:

    They should be called the ‘Poms”!!!

  • David Hilton says:

    “Other visiting orchestras include the Berlin Philharmonic with Kirill Petrenko – whom Proms bosses turned down just three years ago” . . . umm, not exactly. The Munich Opera orchestra was turned down, NOT the Berlin Philharmonic.

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