Media watch: The LSO’s pet yaps againmain
This is starting to get embarrasing.
London has five large symphony orchestras but only one of them gets coverage in the Times newspaper, where columnist Richard Morrison (pictured) has a longstanding intimacy with the London Symphony Orchestra as its centennial chronicler.
Morrison repeatedly features the LSO in his Friday column. Today, he writes about how the LSO can get to play in France next month, which is nice for them when most of us will still be stuck at home.
So there was goodwill on both sides, and vital interventions from diplomats as well as culture ministers in Paris and London. (It helped the behind-the-scenes string-pulling that a former British ambassador to Paris is on the LSO’s advisory council.) Yet that didn’t mean that clearing the hurdles now facing British ensembles wanting to tour Europe was a walk in the park. Let me briefly list what had to be done.
Well, good for the LSO, which always like to position itself as being ahead of the game.
But three other orchestras – Philharmonia, London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic – have new music directors starting this year with barely a peep in the Times – and the BBC’s orchestra is gearing up for the Proms in unusual and complicated fashion. Not to mention Liverpool which has a new music director just arroved in town, Birmingham which is on a hectic search and Manchester which, like its football teams, is in the transfer market.
All good stories, yet barely a smidgeon of attention in the Murdoch Times, which has fallen dangerously into the lap of one orchestra.
They should just rename the paper the London Symphony Times.