Air France pilot saves Paris orchestra

Air France pilot saves Paris orchestra


norman lebrecht

October 13, 2021

The conductor Daniel Harding, who is taking off on a second career with Air France, has just parachuted in to save a Paris concert after its music director fell sick.



  • Gustavo says:

    Finn flies flu to Paris Orchestra

  • Aleph says:

    Aw man, who you kiddin’, you don’t come down with the “flu” “during” rehearsals, you were already not feeling well before visible symptoms appear, and it probably isn’t the “flu”, which means, you shoulda stayed home to begin with.

    Harding must feel like Batman — the philharmonie calls him on the bat phone, or he looks up in the night sky, and there it is, the bat signal — flying in to save the day…or the night.

    • Jon Freeman says:

      And from what Med School did you get your degree? More people these days know all about diseases, treatments, etc. which they learned from Internet U.

      Total BS

  • Martinu says:

    They also changed the program- Firebird an La Mere instead of Shostakovich 7. Pity.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    Fasten your seatbelts, you’re in for a bumpy ride.

  • Concertgebouw79 says:

    Daniel Harding who stayed a very short time in Paris continues to come back frequently there. it’s very rare for a musical director who didn’t stay a long time. A curious case.

    • MacroV says:

      He said he wasn’t the right music director for that orchestra, not that he didn’t like them. So maybe a fine friend but not a suitable spouse.

      • Concertgebouw79 says:

        Yes you are right; he didn’t leave the orchestra with troubles but… it was very strange to stay a moment so short when you are a musical director.

  • John Borstlap says:

    My fly on the wall told me that he was literally dropped on the roof of the Philharmonie but had difficulty getting down, so that the fire brigade had to be called.

  • Nik says:

    I love that his Twitter handle is “djharding”. Sounds like he has another career in him.