Who's afraid of the big bad wordsmith?
Kudos to Tommy Pearson and Simon Toyne for speaking out against Norman Lebrecht's irresponsible publication of the candidate shortlist for the directorship of the BBC Symphony Chorus. Following an outcry this Slipped Disc 'exclusive' was subsequently deleted without explanation, and without public apology to the candidates whose careers may have been compromised by this audience-whoring indiscretion. I am now waiting for reaction to Lebrecht's impropriety from the industry PR executives and other attention seekers who feed him with the oxygen of exclusives, and the reaction of his erstwhile employer the BBC. I also await comment from his colleagues in the UK music bloggers' mutual admiration society, and from the rest of the classical music establishment. But I am not holding my breath.
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I write about things which I have some knowledge of, and which - more importantly - I feel passionately about. I have little detailed knowledge of the very complex problems at English National Opera, and therefore am leaving that subject to others who may - or possibly may not - know more about it than me.
One of the biggest problems with social media is that everyone has an opinion about everything, even if that opinion just reheats the views of others. Dōgen Zenji, the founder of Sōtō Zen, had it so right when he said: "Think three times before speaking and then choose to speak only in one out of ten of those instances".
The situation at ENO is complex in terms of how to find a solution, but not at all complex in the attempt to deprive 40 or so singing professionals of three months of their salary per annum. That's just morally wrong in my view.