Finns verkligen Camerata Nordica?

Den som följde de tragiska turerna kring Camerata Nordica i december 2016 förstod ganska snart att här fanns en avgrundsdjup klyfta mellan orkesterledning och musiker. Den interna kommunikationen fungerade inte, läs: var obefintlig.

Konstnärlige ledaren Terje Tønnesen sa upp sig med omedelbar verkan eftersom det aldrig gavs besked om hans fortsatta förordnande, den viktiga orkesterprofilen/cellisten Per Nyström likaså. Och därefter en lång rad orkestermusiker; 28 musiker.

Så hela vårens program med Camerata Nordica rasade samman.

Detta hindrar inte Länsmusiken (i Kalmar) från att annonsera tre konserttillfällen med Camerata Nordica. Man undrar bara, vilken orkester handlar det om?

19 mars kl. 16. Snöstorps kyrka
Mozarts Requiem
Camerata Nordica
Capella Snöstorp och Halmstads Vokalensemble
Dirigent Göran Persson

1 april kl. 15. Ceciliakapellet, Oskarshamn
Filip Jers möter Camerata Nordica

22 april kl. 16. Nybro kyrka
Kör, Stråkar, Harpa och Orgel
Nybro kammarkör
Camerata Nordica
Gloria Joyce Burt, harpa
Håkan Martinsson, organist
Tino Fjedli, konsertmästare
Paul Thorstensson, dirigent

Det kan vara denna oblyga annonsering som fått en av de tidigare orkestermedlemmarna att sända ut ett öppet brev om bojkott av kommande orkesterframträdanden med ”Camerata Nordica”.

Brevet kommer från Willem Stam, tidigare cellist i orkestern:

BOYCOTT CAMERATA NORDICA

In this age of alternative facts and extreme politics it is often difficult to discern truth from lies, but
the case of Camerata Nordica is exceptionally clear. The lack of outrage from Swedish citizens,
from politicians and from arts organizations alike is allowing actions not short of criminal to take
place in the Kalmar region.

Around 5 million kronor are owed and lying politicians are being allowed to cover it up. I say around
5 million only because the level of incompetent mismanagement and an extreme effort to cover up
the truth leave us with no clue what the actual amount is and where this money has gone or where
it will come from.

28 musicians have resigned and yet the board of Lansmusiken pretends everything will continue
unhindered. When audiences and fans reach out to the media to show their support and voice their
outrage, they are shamed into silence by disrespect and lies.

Camerata Nordica is dead. It has been killed by years of mismanagement and a board of
politicians too concerned with their own egos and careers to take responsibility for their wrongdoing.
We musicians have tried in vain to negotiate a future for Camerata for years, and all such
proposals have now been thrown away or ignored.

Concerts are cancelled, recording contracts lost, a network of musicians emptied, and yet
chairman Peter Högberg speaks of ”business as usual”. This term in Kalmar these days means
nothing short of wasted money, disrespect, and lies.

There is no way back as long as this board together with disgraced Lansmusiken chief Kjell
Lindström are allowed to continue their work in Kalmar. Because of this I must on behalf of my
colleagues and with their support call for a complete and total boycott of all activities that involve
the name Camerata Nordica as long as these people remain in power.

A fan of ours recently pointed out in the newspaper Barometern that you would not go to see the
Rolling Stones if all the band members were suddenly different. The same must be true of
Camerata Nordica.

For musicians to go and participate in this ruined institution would be a deep offense to our
tradition, and for organizers to allow this organization to send them an alternate orchestra using
our name would be equally appalling.

The money of Swedish tax payers has been wasted. An orchestra with over 40 years of incredible
history has been destroyed. There is no transparency and no accountability. This cannot be
allowed to happen; this must not be tolerated.

We call on the musical world to stand united and boycott this institution. We call on tax payers to
demand that their money be used with care, respect, and accountability, not for lining the pockets
of administrators. We call on political Sweden to hold their colleagues accountable and replace this
lying board.

Stand with the real musicians of Camerata Nordica.

 

 

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