In today’s Soctsman.com they feature an article by Emma Gunby about the rumor that the musicians of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra have taken a vote of no confidence in order to remove their music director. I don’t claim to know any of the particulars about that situation, but what I’m more interested in is the vote itself.
Back in early December I wrote an article entitled Empowerment Issues that advocates just such a system for orchestras here in the U.S. I contacted the orchestra in order to determine if the rumored vote actually holds the orchestra’s management and board accountable to carry through with the results, but oddly enough, both of the individual’s in the public relation’s Department had an email auto reply that said they were out of the office until March 25th and it kindly referred me to the other individual. March 25th? I know there’s a time difference across the Atlantic but wasn’t aware of any difference in dates.
Another amusing note: the Scotsman.com slogan is “Scottish news direct from Scotland”. Were we expecting Scottish news from Finland? But hey, the NY Times still uses “All the news that’s fit to print”.