Professor Milan Vitek, who led the protests two months ago against the abolition of the flute, clarinet and organ sections of the Carl Nielsen competitions, has contacted us with a victory whoop. Toot all flutes and clarinets. Here’s Milan’s happy outcome:
It seems that protesting about cuts in the cultural sector can make a difference… Odense City Cultural Commission has decided that all Carl Nielsen Competitions are to be reinstated and has instructed Music Director Finn Schumacker to make it happen.
The planned flute competition in 2014 will take place, as will the violin competition in 2016. The organ and clarinet competitions will then take place in 2018 and 2020, from what I understand, though I do not know in which order. This may very well be a sensible solution, since it will provide more time for Odense Symfoniorkester to promote the competitions.
The only thing which is and remains highly regrettable is that Marianne Granvig, the competition Chairperson for the last 30 years, is not being rehired. I am not happy about this, and wonder what Finn Schumacker’s reasoning behind maintaining her firing is. In a radio interview – Also only in Danish, alas – he was asked directly and repeatedly why Marianne Granvig would no longer be in charge of the competitions. He “fudged” his answers, to use an American expression meaning that he provided no good reason at all.
Some readers’ letters published in Fyens Stiftstidende have suggested that the Carl Nielsen Competitions become a separate organizational entity run by the Odense Cultural Commission with Marianne Granvig in charge. Perhaps these suggestions merit further consideration, since the alternative of their remaining under the aegis of Odense Symfoniorkesters management does not inspire a great deal of confidence in their continuing level of professionalism achieved under Marianne Granvig.
Thank you to everyone who got engaged in this matter and for your support and letters in support for all the Carl Nielsen Competitions!