Com­poser’s wishes should be hon­oured

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

ON more than one oc­ca­sion over the last two years, I have asked the man­age­ment of the CBSO why they are still spell­ing the name of one of the world’s great­est com­posers in the old-fash­ioned way.

I have been ig­nored com­pletely for no log­i­cal rea­son, whereas I have men­tioned it only once with the man­age­ment of THSH Clas­si­cal and they com­pletely agree with me and will be us­ing the now, more ac­cepted spell­ing from the start of the new sea­son in Septem­ber in all con­certs in Sym­phony Hall and Town Hall

The com­poser in ques­tion is Sergei Rach­mani­noff. He was born in Rus­sia in 1873 but in 1917 left Rus­sia for­ever due to his ca­reer not pro­gress­ing as he would like and his disgust at the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion of the Rus­sian Revo­lu­tion.

The com­poser even­tu­ally set­tled in the United States and although he toured Europe

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