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Politicians strike wrong note over orchestra future

Since moving from Vienna to Northern Ireland some nine years ago to establish a sales office for my bioelectronics company, I have enjoyed occasionally attending some of the Ulster Orchestra concerts.

I remember one memorable one of Anton Bruckner Symphony 5 in St Anne's Cathedral.

It is with great sadness that I now read in the local newspapers of the serious financial crisis which the orchestra finds itself in.

Being myself from a city which has a proud musical heritage, I cannot really understand why there seems to be so little interest from your politicians, especially your Minister of Culture, regarding this matter.

It seems to me that there is no political will or interest at all to address the problem of the orchestra.

Do none of your political representatives take any interest at all in classical music?

I end my letter by quoting lines from Ode To Joy by Friedrich von Schiller, which Beethoven set in the final movement of the ninth symphony, Alle Menschen werden Brüder, Wo dein sanfter Flugel weilt (All men shall become brothers, wherever your gentle wings hover).

FRANZ WEIGL-ANDRASSY

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