Huddersfield Philharmonic conductor walks out on performance and give ultimtaum – find out why here

Huddersfield Philharmonic conductor walks out on performance and give ultimtaum – find out why here

Nov 15 2010 Huddersfield Daily Examiner

Natalia Luis-Bassa

HUDDERSFIELD Philharmonic Orchestra’s high-profile principal conductor walked out of a rehearsal and then failed to show up for the concert that evening.

And now Natalia Luis-Bassa has spoken exclusively to the Examiner about internal problems within the orchestra – and revealed she will not return unless certain conditions are met.

And one of these includes removing at least one member of the orchestra.

“There are a lot of conditions that need to be met if I go back,’’ she said.

She revealed that she has had continual problems with at least one member of the orchestra and claimed that another player who was invited to join the orchestra on Saturday was rude to her.

She said she has had problems with orchestral members questioning her conducting.

“This has happened many times before,’’ she said. “There are members who disrespect me as a person, a conductor and music-maker.There is one person in particular and if this person is not removed I am not willing to go back. My health comes first.’’

She said not enough members of the orchestra openly expressed their support for her and stressed: “This is the first time I have ever done anything like this in 25 years of conducting. I am not letting the orchestra down. It needs a shake-up.’’

Natalia also revealed that rehearsals had not gone well in the week running up to the concert.

She walked out of the rehearsal on Saturday afternoon and did not return.

The orchestra made the decision to go on with that evening’s concert in Huddersfield Town Hall as planned, but with three members of the orchestra volunteering to take over the baton.

Orchestra president Peter Lewis went on stage before the performance to explain that Natalia was ‘indisposed’.

He said yesterday: “These things happen and I’m yet to get to the bottom of why it happened.

“Hopefully we will get it sorted.

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