Breaking: Wales bans TchaikovskyNews
The Cardiff Philharmonic has cancelled an all-Tchaikovsky programme as ‘inappropriate at this time’.
The concert included his decidedly apolitical second symphony, known as the Little Russian.
The orchestra says: ‘: In light of the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine, Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra, with the agreement of St David’s Hall, feel the previously advertised programme including the 1812 Overture to be inappropriate at this time. The orchestra hope you will continue to support them and enjoy the revised programme.’
This is unutterably stupid. At the start of the First World War, the Proms conductor Sir Henry Wood informed the British government that he would continue performing Wagner and other Germans. The same rule prevailed in the Hitler war.
Only the Nazis ever banned Tchaikovsky.
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