Norway | Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra speaks out for the IOW

Edward Gardner, conducting the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Grieghallen, November 2014, has delivered a protest speech against the reductions in funding and budgetary cuts that are threatening many orchestras in Europe and countries around the world.

A performance of a Brahms 1st Hungarian Dance in G minor was dedicated by the Bergen Phil and its conductor to the FIM IOW.[…] Read more

Germany | Orchestras and choirs at the forefront of the IOW campaign

bach-chor-mainzDeutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz und Bach Chor Mainz with guest conductor Prof. Ralf Otto during a rehearsal at the Philharmonie Ludwigshafen (Photo: K. Bosch)
dso-berlinDeutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin during a rehearsal at the Berliner Philharmonie
mdr-rundfunkchorMDR Radio Chorus
mdr-sinfonieorchester-leipzigMDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig
ndr-chorMembers of NDR Chorus, Hamburg
rias-kammerchorRIAS Kammerchor at the Berliner Philharmonie
rso-stuttgartRadio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart (SWR)
rundfunkchor-berlinBerlin Radio Chorus
swr-vokalensemble-stuttgartSWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart
SBRMusicians of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with their conductor Mariss Jansons
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Germany | Orchestras and choirs show a yellow card!

The musicians of the SWR Symphony orchestra (Baden-Baden and Fribourg) show a yellow card to denounce the budget-cuts that are threatening orchestras and opera theatres under the pretext of a consolidation of public finances.

On the first photo, musicians are rehearsing with guest conductor Ingo Metzmacher. The orchestra is threatened inits very existence by a planned merger with the Stuttgart radio orchestra.

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France | Press conference about IOW on Nov. 17th

On November 17th, French trade unions and employer’s organisations from the live performance sector will deliver a press conference in the framework of the IOW, in order to express the concerns of the profession about the situation of symphony and opera orchestras throughout the world and reaffirm the essential role of orchestras in society.[…] Read more

US | ICSOM joins the IOW

The International Conference of Orchestra Musicians (ICSOM) represents over 4,000 musicians from 52 major symphony orchestras throughout the United States, and is a Players’ Conference of the American Federation of Musicians.

On Nov. 14th, ICSOM has officially announced its support to the International orchestra Week (IOW). Its members are encouraged to express their solidarity with the endangered orchestras around the world, and to take part in the IOW with any initiative they will deem appropriate.[…] Read more