Massive cuts warning at North German orchestramain
The German orchestras organisation DOV has put out a warning that the North German broadcaster NDR is planning savage cuts in its chorus and Big Band orchestra.
The main NDR orchestra has taken residency at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie (pictured) and changed its name.
DOV’s Gerald Mertens warns that the chorus, already reduced from 46 to 27 members, would be wiped out by any further cuts. He adds: ‘Instead of slashing artists, the broadcaster needs to restructure itself.’