The Swedish conductor and soloist Christian Lindberg gave up his European posts four years ago to become music director of an Israeli ensemble – the Kibbutz Orchestra, based in Netanya.
There was never enough money and the town of Netanya kept cutting what little there was, but the spirit of the orchestra and the commitment of its conductor saw them through four tough years. In the thick of Covid, Lindberg flew to Israel in November to plan the orchestra’s jubilee season.
He had organised a hugely prestigous summer tour to Japan but the town of Netanya was not interested. It has now cancelled the orchestra’s entire budget, together with Christian Lindberg’s contract.