Orches­tral loy­al­ties

Sunday Star-Times - - FOCUS -

I have read with in­ter­est about the en­croach­ment of the New Zealand Sym­phony Orches­tra into Auck­land.

I am not sure on what ba­sis the Min­istry for Cul­ture and Her­itage can claim there is more ca­pac­ity in the Auck­land mar­ket for or­ches­tras. There are of­ten empty seats at NZSO con­certs. It would be help­ful to have a sta­tis­ti­cal break­down of au­di­ence num­bers for both or­ches­tras.

As a full sub­scriber to both the APO and the NZSO I have re­cently re­ceived the brochures for both or­ches­tras for the 2019 sea­son. How­ever, I like many oth­ers on a fixed in­come, will have to make a de­ci­sion as to whether to con­tinue with both sub­scrip­tions. At this stage it will be the NZSO that will miss out.

I want to con­tinue to sup­port our ex­cel­lent Auck­land Phil­har­mo­nia Orches­tra given the work they do in the Auck­land re­gion.

Richard Kit­telty, Auck­land

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