Nikolai Znajder was meant to be directing the Concertgebouw tonight.
But Mrs Znajder gave birth to a daughter this morning, some weeks ahead of schedule.
So the orch went through the usual ringaround of who’s good, nearby and free. The finger fell on Dutchman Jurjen Hempel, who (as we reported) only two days ago landed his first big orchestra in Finland. He’s having a good week. More details here.