Breaking News – German Orchestras: National Protest and Strike Day – September 30, 2013

Some hundred German orchestras will held a national protest and strike day. The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra starts at 10:00 am in front of the Berliner Philharmonie building and will be followed by many other major German orchestras in the big cities Hamburg, Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Munich, Dresden and Leipzig as well as many regional orchestras from all over Germany.

Germany - One country - 131 ochestras

Germany – One country – 131 ochestras

Musicians are protesting against the recent cuts in the unique German orchestral landscape. Orchestra count had fallen from 168 orchestras in 1992 to 131 in 2013. 37 professional orchestras had been closed down or were forced to merge. Some 2.500 jobs for professional musicians have got lost. Hopes of young music students from 24 German conservatoires are going to be destroyed. Today musicians have their say: Keep our professional orchestras alive in Germany! Stop further closures! In German: “Orchesterland D – Einzigartig. Erhaltenswert.”
Second message of this day: Many orchestra musicians are waiting for substantial pay rise of their salaries which are linked to public servants. Sine 2010 public service has got a pay rise at about 8 percent. Collective bargaining on this issue is going to start on October 1, 2013.

Find more on: www.dov.org and on http://orchesterland.wordpress.com (German)

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8 thoughts on “Breaking News – German Orchestras: National Protest and Strike Day – September 30, 2013

  1. Orchestras must play music that are in resonance with our times and forget the whole “European modernist music” project. A new audience can only emerge with a totally new and refreshing repertoire. They must also seek total independence from public funding. Politicians are a treacherous folk with no interest what so ever for classical music.

  2. I don`t totally agree with the previous comment. In my opinion, popular PARTICIPATION is a key to get the music theatres full, perhaps in detriment of a peak of performing quality. A Beethoven’s ninth, for instance, sung by an amateur mass gathering all the choirs from a city, implies a full hall, an increase in the audiences for the season, and a numbers of newcomers to classical concerts. Of course, a great choir would do it better, but we’ll not find one in every small city. Thus, music wil be no more the art from a minority to another minority, but the art from the people to a majority. Fundings, wherever they come will be most welcome.

    • However, audiences in Germany are not shrinking. Audiences are alomost stabile or increasing. It is not a crisis of classical music or audiences. It’s a crisis of (younger?) politicians in charge of public funding for the arts, especially in the German public funding system. Orchestras, theatres and operas are an unique cultural heritage (since 1502) in this country. Today, orchestras stood up united to show their pride for the profession and their value for the society. Hope springs eternal that these messages will be transported by the media and heard by politicians and public authorities. At least, did you know, that more peeople attend classical concert, theatre and opera than the premiere soccer league in Germany? Arts are relevant. From time to time one has to say it a little bit louder…

  3. I am a long way from Germany and I’ve never been there. I’d like to know what the German government says about these closures? Lack of funding? A change in Arts policy? or is there any other reason?

    • It’s not the federal government, it’s the single state governements (16) and the local authorities who decide on the budgets and the funding of public theatres and orchestras. At least there is enough money available. However, the right measure of distribution is a stiff competition between the arts sector, education, school funding, infrastructure etc. Almost arts is not in the first line…

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