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The Danish National Chamber Orchestra cuts to close

Denmark’s state broadcaster DR announced yesterday that budget cuts would see its chamber orchestra close in January. DR’s Danish National Chamber Orchestra or ‘Underholdningsorkestret’ – previously known as the Danish Radio Sinfonietta – will cease playing in January though it would appear DR’s symphony orchestra will remain unaffected.

The Danish National Chamber Orchestra has made a series of well-received recordings under its chief conductor, Adam Fischer, notably of the complete extant Mozart symphonies (completed earlier this year) and of early Mozart operas, a number of which have been awarded the Editor’s Choice accolade by Gramophone. But most of the ensemble’s schedule was filled supporting television shows and pop/live music events; while many of its functions could be fulfilled by any studio orchestra, it mounted some ground-breaking projects in recent years including acclaimed collaborations with Danish bands Efterklang and Den Sorte Skole.

A campaign to save the Danish National Chamber Orchestra has been launched on Facebook under the Danish name ‘Bevar DR Underholdningsorkesteret’.