In a truncated season of two weeks, the drop-out rate has never been higher.
Tonight, Omer Meir Wellber has called in sick. John Storgårds replaces him with the BBC Philharmonic and tenor Allan Clayton at Salford Quays in Salford.
On Saturday, Thomas Dausgaard ‘is no longer able to appear with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra due to travel difficulties. Alpesh Chauhan takes over with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at City Halls in Glasgow.
Next Wednesday, Esa-Pekka Salonen won’t be coming ‘due to the recent extension of COVID-19 quarantine restrictions in Finland.’ His replacement with the Philharmonia Orchestra is Paavo Järvi, who was last seen conducting in Zurich. If Paavo flies in from Switzerland, he will be slapped with a 14-day quarantine notice.
Could it be that maestros won’t go the extra mile to appear in an empty hall?