It’s business as usual, up north

It’s business as usual, up north


norman lebrecht

March 19, 2020

The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra has named Pekka Kuusisto as its next artistic director, from 2021.

As if nothing else was happening in the world.


The announcement came hours after Olli Mustonen’s new job in Finland.

Isolation has a totally different meaning up there.



  • Bruce says:

    Agreed. Nobody should do anything while this is happening.

    It’s as bad as celebrating your own birthday while there’s injustice in the world.

  • Helga says:

    Norway is on official lock-down, and has been for about a week. This post is just daft. NCO appointing someone for next year tells us there’s hope, not that these people are rehearsing as we speak.

    • Ron Swanson says:

      The way the kroner is melting down and the bottom had dropped out the oil price, I doubt that Norway’s cultural sector will survive intact.

  • Charles Clark-Maxwell says:

    ==As if nothing else was happening in the world.

    Sorry ? This is a strange attitude. We should applause them doing some planning. C’mon Slipped Disc, you can do better than this.

  • Karl says:

    Will the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra even exist after this is over with?

  • Joe says:

    This was news two weeks ago, actually. (March 4)