I was listening yesterday evening, on a welcome evening off after my stressful last 36 hours, to a concert by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra concert from the City Halls Glasgow broadcast live by the BBC. A special programme of music by Janacek, Dvorak and Bartok.
My UK readers will be aware that there is to be a referendum later this year which could make Scotland a separate country, not part of the United Kingdom. And presumably if they decide not to be part of the UK they would not want to be part of the EU either......weird!
The BBSO would, I assume, cease to exist unless the Scottish Broadcasting Corporation, if there were such a thing, took it on. With the Scottish commitment to the Scottish National Orchestra (presumably no longer Royal) the chances of financing another full time salaried symphony orchestra would be slim.
This is one of the questions perhaps not even posed, and certainly not answered.
The BBCSO has a fantastic history. It was the nursery for four of our most distinguished conducting "knights" each of whom were salaried Assistant Conductors in their youth - Sir Alexander Gibson (1952-54), Sir Colin Davis (1957-59), Sir Andrew Davis (1970-72), and Sir Simon Rattle (1977-80). And their current Chief Conductor is Donald Runnicles.
Will this vanish if the vote is for independence, which seems to be increasingly likely? I rather fear it will. It is hardly likely to be top of the political agenda. Unintended consequences..........and unemployed musicians.