There were public demonstrations at the last concert this season of the Spanish radio and TV orchestra and chorus, which is threatened with partial closure. Musicians have been told that from now on they will be paid eight months a year and should register unemployed for the rest. Listen here to the public response.
We have received the following appeal from the musicians and their conductor, Jun Märkl:
From Orquesta Sinfónica y Coro de RTVE:
We are an orchestra and choir dependent on the national public radio and television, which proposed, as part of new contract negotiations, that we work for eight months a year and go on unemployment four months of each year. This is an unprecedented measure in Spain and the public opinion and our audience have felt so outraged that since it was announced there were spontaneous chants in our support,”publica” meaning “public”-as in “we want public, state supported culture”.
From Maestro Jun Märkl:
The background is that the orchestra is facing a difficult financial situation now. And the audience wanted to give support to the orchestra by shouting ¡Pública! which is saying: this orchestra is a public one, for everybody, and should be maintained and equipped with enough money to survive. Since it had been the last concert of the season this was the time for orchestra and audience to do a manifestation, which continued after the concert in the streets.