Worst run orchestra is hit by Covid cluster

Worst run orchestra is hit by Covid cluster


norman lebrecht

April 15, 2021

On the day the Swiss authorities are announcing a reopening plan, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande – long familiar to our readers – has been shut down until the end of June by a cluster of Covid infections.

Further cases have been discovered at the Geneva Opera.

Full report here.




  • International Musician says:

    Mr. Lebrecht, just curious, why do all your articles about the OSR have
    “world’s worst run orchestra” in the

    • norman lebrecht says:

      read through posts dating back to 2012

    • Bill says:

      If you follow the chain of articles that characterize it as the worst-run orchestra in the world, you’ll see that the primary evidence for that is someone’s claim that it is the worst-run orchestra in the world. It’s turtles all the way down. In one of those postings, the multi-decade solo trumpet of the orchestra disputes the claim in no uncertain terms, but what could he know that a journalist with no experience managing an orchestra would not?

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Are you absolutely sure, Norman, that the OSR is the worst-run orchestra, that no other orchestras exist which are more badly run?
    Of course not.

  • Peter says:

    Mr Lebrecht,
    Why do you consider OSR to be the worst run orchestra (in the world ?), given the stiff competition for this accolade?

  • Pedro says:

    At least it has a very good conductor in Jonathan Nott, judging for two very concerts I have heard live ( Mahler 2 and Rheingold).

  • Maurice says:

    What is a run orchestra, anyway?