Guildhall: We can’t say why conductor was fired

Guildhall: We can’t say why conductor was fired


norman lebrecht

November 02, 2021

A holding message from the Guildhall’s interim director, Jonathan Vaughan, about the dismissal of Peter Ash from the London Schools Symphony Orchestra.


  • Has the conductor commented?

  • V. Lind says:

    It would be useful if we could see all of that message.

  • Piano Lover says:

    He has done a great job…but we fired him.
    Personal problems means you resign yourself,isn’t it?

    • MWnyc says:

      I take this to mean he got caught doing something he shouldn’t have been doing.

      If Guildhall can’t tell us what that thing was, fine. Most of us, if we were fired, wouldn’t want our former employers to tell the world why.

    • La plus belle voix says:

      Fact check: the text of the letter reads “personal data” not “personal problems”.

  • La plus belle voix says:

    His contract was “terminated with immediate effect”. This is pretty strong language, and could mean either he was sacked for a major misdemeanour, or the LSSO is, e.g. in financial disarray and the suits are saving their own necks. Both scenarios are pure speculation of course. So let us look before we leap, as we are not (yet) privy to the details. There must be members in the organisation who are . . .

  • Mathias Broucek says:

    In other words, there’s an NDA. This is typical practice when an employment agreement is terminated and may be to protect the individual and/or the employer. And none of this necessarily implies something scandalous – just that having everything in the open may be unhelpful to either or both parties.

    • La plus belle voix says:

      Excellent argument. But it will all come out in any case at some point in the not too distant future. So a cover up might not be wise for all parties concerned if a major misdemeanour by the conductor was indeed the reason for immediate termination of contract.