After Limelightreported this week on a story claiming that there is a toxic culture at Queensland Symphony Orchestra ( read here), the section principals of the Orchestra issued a statement ( published here) in support of Music Director Alondra de la Parra and Chief Executive David Pratt, saying they are “proud to have such talented and conscientious leaders” and believe that under their leadership “positive results [are] being felt”.

Speaking to Limelight, Greg Wanchap, Chairman of the QSO board, says, “I am really heartened in my role as Chairman that before rehearsals [yesterday] afternoon, the leadership group of the musicians, the section principals, decided to prepare a statement. I always say that the musicians are the stars of our company, and frankly under Alondra’s artistic leadership they have gone from strength to strength; all of our people are our greatest asset.”

“I’m very proud of what the musicians have done in providing the statement that you have,” said Wanchap, who has served on QSO’s Board since 2000 and as Chairman since 2008.

Criticisms of the QSO were raised this week in a story by Daily Review( read here), which suggested that “ineffectual leadership” and low morale at the organisation...

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