The campaign to stop Southwest German Radio (SWR) from sacking its orchestra in Baden-Baden and Freiburg, or merging it with the main SWR orchestra in Stuttgart, is gathering pace and power.
The great French composer Pierre Boulez, who has lived in the area, has given a video interview to the orchestra’s conductor, Francois Xavier Roth, which you can watch here for the first time. Boulez calls the abolition of the orchestra ‘absurd’.
The eminent German conductor Michael Gielen has also joined the protest.
And the viola soloist Tabea Zimmermann has added her voice.
There will be a critical meeting in Mannheim tomorrow before a committee called “Hörfunkausschuss” at which both SWR orchestras will argue and plead for their continued existence.