Four members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra who wrote a letter to the Independent calling for the Israel Philharmonic to be banned from the BBC Proms have been suspended by their board for up to nine months, the JC reports.
The four signatories are cellist Sue Sutherley and violinists Tom Eisner, Nancy Elan and Sarah Streatfeild. Earlier, a player was reported to have been suspended indefinitely for a verbal assault on members of the IPO in an pre-Proms events.
This is the most severe public penalty inflicted on London orchestral musicians in memory. It is a mark of the passions generated among supporters of the orchestra, who resented players using its name for propaganda purposes.
The LPO is owned by its players and governed by a mixed board of players, executives and financial supporters.
(the picture is taken from Iranian TV)