The young German composer Johannes Kreidler is not yet a name to be reckoned with. Nor, if the bosses of German broadcasting have anything to do with it, will he be receiving many commissions any time soon. All the more reason, then, to applaud his courage and determination.
Kreidler took the stage at the start of a live broadcast concert at the Donaueschingen music week to protest the SWR’s decision to merge its Baden-Baden/Freiburg orchestra with another in Stuttgart. The audience were not sure at first if this was an organised ‘happening’ of the kind that used to take place at music festivals. But the announcer is completely taken aback and the ashen face of broadcast boss Peter Boudgoust in the front row speaks volumes: this protest really hit home.
The video has just gone live on Youtbe. Let’s make it viral.
Let’s hear it for Johannes.