Palma.—A movement called the Council for a Civil Society, yesterday warned that the Balearics could become the first region in Spain to dismantle its orchestra.

The body accused the local authorities, the government, Council of Majorca and Palma City Council, of having no real interest in keeping the orchestra going hence why the continuing debate over funding, which has already cut more than in any other region of Spain.

As far as the movement is concerned, the authorities have more or less signed the orchestra's death sentence and left it in a situation that it can longer continue to function.

The 77-strong orchestra is one of the region's jewels which bridges the gap between culture and tourism and could be used much more to help promote the Balearics.

Many of the musicians are from all over the world and they are all very bitter about how they have been treated.
They thought that with a new permanent home at the Teatro Principal, a new young forward thinking director, their future had been secured after having a protest and fight throughout all of last year. But no. The battle continues but as it prolongs, many fear, much to the disappointment of thousands, the orchestra is going to lose.

Do not forget that at midday this Saturday, the full orchestra and friends will be performing a free concert on the Borne.


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