Orches­tra in financial mess

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY JC REPORTER

THE MU­SI­CAL di­rec­tor of the Is­raeli Sym­phony Orches­tra is to give up his salary to try to save the or­gan­i­sa­tion from financial dis­as­ter, ac­cord­ing to Slipped Disc, the blog run by cul­tural com­men­ta­tor Nor­man Lebrecht.

Mr Judd, who is Bri­tish, wrote in a let­ter to the orches­tra and its di­rec­tors: “I am shocked to hear of the financial sit­u­a­tion, due to … in­suf­fi­cient gov­ern­ment bud­get­ing, cuts of pro­duc­tions of the Is­raeli Opera, fees that haven’t been up­dated for years, and dif­fi­culty in rais­ing suf­fi­cient funds.”

In a state­ment, the ISO’s board said: “The orches­tra and its man­age­ment are con­fi­dent that the planned cuts, along with the ISO’s huge suc­cess, will sup­port its con­tin­u­ous flour­ish­ing and let it bal­ance its financial sit­u­a­tion.”

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