The Johannesburg Philharmonic gives its last concert tonight before closure. It has been placed under bankruptcy protection and is emitting airy talk of reorganization. Brahms has been replaced by Beethoven’s first symphony in the final concert in order to employ fewer players.
There has been a stench of decay around the orchestra’s management for many months. However, the boss, Shadrack Bokaba, will not be sacked. It is the players and the audience who will pay the price as, from tomorrow, Johannesburg disappears off the orchestral map of the world.
Read today’s trenchant article by man on the spot, John Ellis.
UPDATE: The musicians haven’t been paid for months. I guess Mr Bokaba’s still drawing salary. Maybe he’d like to share.