The rest is silence; at least, for the LSO

A recent story in the Daily Mail reveals that the London Symphony Orchestra will be miming at the opening ceremony of London’s Olympic Games.

20120603-093352.jpgThe usual British fears about weather means that the orchestra has already recorded music at the Abbey Road studios, and players will mime to the recording at the ceremony.

If this is the case, it makes a mockery of one of the world’s finest orchestras, and places the superficial smooth-run appearance of success over the opportunity for millions of viewers to see and hear the orchestra perform live. Not to mention the fact that the big-name maestro ‘conducting’ on the night will be doing nothing at all. Both orchestra and players will be reduced to puppets as part of making sure the events appears to run without a hitch, and the chance to showcase one of the country’s eminent ensembles will be sacrificed.

Locog, the body responsible for the ceremony, claims that the alternative arrangements have been made “due to the complexity of staging the ceremony.”




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