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Controversial move to increase diversity in the orchestra

English Touring Opera drops half its orchestra in controversial move, citing ‘increased diversity’​



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The opera company has said it’s prioritising “increased diversity in the orchestra” in line with “firm guidance of the Arts Council.”


English Touring Opera (ETO) has dropped half of its orchestral players in a push for diversity.

At least 14 musicians have been told they will not be booked for the 2022 ETO tour, many of them long-running members of the orchestra.

The ETO has attributed the changes to prioritising “increased diversity in the orchestra,” something that’s in line with “firm guidance of the Arts Council.”

“There has been an understandable outcry from Musicians Union members in response to this news today,” the Musicians Union (MU) wrote in a statement on Friday (10 September). “It comes at an especially devastating time for the freelance community, and musicians in general, with so many struggling with little work and income during the COVID-19 crisis.”
 

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