Palma.—The financially troubled Balearic Symphony Orchestra appears to have finally got its message across to the local authorities after months of weekly free concert protests which have attracted the support and backing of thousands of people.

And, what is more, Queen Sofia of Spain, in a letter, has expressed her concern about the plight of the orchestra and has expressed her concern about the orchestra's possible demise.

The orchestra was facing severe cuts in funding from the Council of Majorca and Palma City Council but, with the Balearic government having pledged to do all it can to help the orchestra stay alive, Palma City Council appears to have also back tracked yesterday.

Queen is “saddened” At the weekly council meting, the Queen's opinions were aired before the chamber and the Orchestra Committee said that her majesty has been greatly saddened by what is going on.

It was also during yesterday's meeting that the Councillor for Sport and Culture, Fernando Gilet, said that the council is now prepared to come up with a viability plan which will help secure the future of the orchestra.

The orchestra presented its own plan which involves it playing a much greater role in society by embarking on a host of economic, educational and tourism projects as well as musical and cultural.


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