Director should not mess about with orchestra

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 21 January, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 21 January, 2001, 12:00am

The attempts by the new broom at the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Samuel Wong, to oust certain members of the orchestra strike me as quite unnecessary, even counter-productive.

As someone who has listened to the philharmonic the past 10 years and more, I can say that there has been a steady rise in its general standard. So much so that many people now eschew the CD racks at home to go out and listen to performances, something the orchestra rarely made people do in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Its string soloists - because all of them are of real soloist quality - are especially good. In many ways then, David Atherton's work has reaped rewards and the orchestra has jelled and should not be messed about.

Most of the players, it is well known also, got their jobs after as many as 100 other candidates were turned down. Others have rejected offers from the finest orchestras of the world to be in Hong Kong.


Tai Hang