Jaap’s orchestra cashes in $6 million

The Swire Group, principal patron of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for the past 15 years, has opened another term of sponsorship in the troubled city with a US $6 million gift.

The press release states: Maestro van Zweden, the HK Phil and Swire share the same passion for giving fine music to all and promoting an integrated society through music.

Swire is a colonial and post-colonial British trading company. Jaap Van Zweden has been the world’s highest paid conductor.


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  • All these conductors are overpaid. There can’t be a more overrated job in all music than that of conductor. Why they get these huge payments is beyond me.

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