Cardiff Orchestra withdraws Russian composer’s music from concert due to Ukraine invasion

The Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra has removed a Russian composer from its upcoming concert program on the war in Ukraine.

The orchestra says it would be “inappropriate at this time” to include Tchaikovsky and the decision was made “in light of the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine”.

The move is the latest in a series of resignations, cancellations and music withdrawals that have been made since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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The orchestra’s decision means that the 1812 Overture will no longer be performed at St David’s Hall on March 18.

The new program will include The Cowboys Overture by John Williams, Symphony No. 8 by Dvorak and a performance of Variations on an Original Theme by Elgar.

Fay Jones, the Tory MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, responded with a tweet that read “Groan. Putin is the enemy here. Not Russia.”

Conductor Valery Gergiev, 68, was sacked from his post as conductor of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra over his support for Russian President Vladimir Putin and for failing to reject the invasion of the ‘Ukraine.



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Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter said the decision was made after Gergiev, who had been the conductor since the 2015-16 season, failed to respond to his calls to rethink and revise his very rating. positive from the Russian leader.

Gergiev’s resignation as honorary chairman of the Edinburgh International Festival was “requested and accepted” by the event’s board last month.

A statement on the festival’s website said: “Edinburgh is twinned with the city of Kyiv and this action is taken in sympathy and support for its citizens.”

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Gergiev was also dropped from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s five-concert U.S. tour, and his management company said on Sunday it would no longer represent him.

The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in the Netherlands has also severed ties with Gergiev, saying an “unbridgeable rift” between the orchestra and the conductor over the issue of the Russian invasion became clear after telling him speak.

Soprano Anna Netrebko has pulled out of future engagements at the Metropolitan Opera rather than repudiate her support for Mr Putin, costing the company one of its best singers and its best box office draws.

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