Monthly Archives: September 2011

The LPO Four, Music & Politics

A row is fizzing in the London classical music world over the suspension of four musicians from the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO). Their crime? To have used the letters “LPO” after their names in a letter published in The Independent newspaper:-

Proms exploited for arts propaganda campaign

As musicians we are dismayed that the BBC has invited the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra to play at the Proms on 1 September. The IPO has a deep involvement with the Israeli state – not least its self-proclaimed “partnership” with the Israeli Defence Forces. This is the same state and army that impedes in every way it can the development of Palestinian culture, including the prevention of Palestinian musicians from travelling abroad to perform.

Our main concern is that Israel deliberately uses the arts as propaganda to promote a misleading image of Israel. Through this campaign, officially called “Brand Israel”, denials of human rights and violations of international law are hidden behind a cultural smokescreen. The IPO is perhaps Israel ‘s prime asset in this campaign.

The Director of the Proms, Roger Wright, was asked to cancel the concert in accordance with the call from the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott (PACBI). He rejected this call, saying that the invitation is “purely musical”.

Israel’s policy towards the Palestinians fits the UN definition of apartheid. We call on the BBC to cancel this concert.

Derek Ball (composer)
Frances Bernstein (community choir leader)
Steve Bingham (violinist)
John Claydon (saxophonist)
Malcolm Crowthers (music photographer)
Raymond Deane (composer)
Tom Eisner (violinist LPO)
Nancy Elan (violinist LPO)
Deborah Fink (soprano)
Catherine Ford (violinist, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment)
Reem Kelani (Palestinian singer, musician and broadcaster)
Les Levidow (violinist)
Susie Meszaros (violinist, Chilingirian Quartet)
Roy Mowatt (violinist, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment)
Ian Pace (pianist)
Leon Rosselson (singer-songwriter)
Dominic Saunders (pianist)
Chris Somes-Charlton (artist manager)
Leni Solinger (violinist)
Sarah Streatfeild (violinist LPO)
Sue Sutherley (cellist, LPO)
Tom Suarez (violinist, New York)
Kareem Taylor (Oud Player/Guitarist and Composer)
Miriam Walton (pianist, organist and French horn player)

When LPO management suspended them they (the management) made the claim: “music and politics do not mix”.

Presumably, if Henryk Górecki was alive, he would immediately tear up his Third Symphony, and we’ll hear shortly that Daniel Barenboim is to cease all work with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and devote his energies to “non-political” musical activities, e.g. conducting jingles for children’s TV programmes.

IMSLP Luxury Christmas Card

imslp luxury christmas card

Only thirteen weeks, four days to Christmas! Stock up on IMSLP luxury Christmas cards, featuring a design based on Petrucci’s Harmonice Musices Odhecaton, the earliest-ever printed polyphonic music. Mounted on hand-made 450 g/m cloth card, c. 13cm x 13cm. Available from

For each x4 pack purchased, £2.00 is donated to IMSLP to help with their server and other costs, £0.50 donated for single cards.

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Mozart & Mice at Spitalfields‘s stall at Old Spitalfields Market now carries IMSLP stock, so if you live or work in London, or are visiting, come along and buy your IMSLP merchandise direct. IMSLP receives a donation from each item sold so you’d be helping support the project.

Photos below taken at Spitalfields yesterday. There was even a pianist playing, believed to be Leif Ove Andsnes. Suddenly a large mouse appeared, hung about watching for a while, then sat in the audience.

The audience, being English, ignored the mouse.



Project Hindemith

Thanks to daphnis from the IMSLP Forums for this:

Paul Hindemith

The complete public domain (US) works of Paul Hindemith have been uploaded to IMSLP’s US server. These sixteen works represent the complete offerings of all that is free by Hindemith and span from his early dramatic works to much of his chamber works (four of his early string sonati, two string quartets (score and parts), a standard in the wind quintet repertoire, the Kleine Kammermusik).