British musicians suspended for Israel boycott letter

By JTA
September 19, 2011 09:53

(JTA) - The London Philharmonic Orchestra suspended four musicians for calling for the cancellation of a concert by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall.

Violinists Tom Eisner, Nancy Elan and Sarah Streatfeild, along with cellist Sue Sutherley, were suspended until June for using the London orchestra's name in their complaint.

The suspensions sent "a strong and clear message that their actions will not be tolerated," Tim Walker, the London orchestra's chief executive, and Martin Hohmann, its chairman, said in a statement. "(T)he orchestra would never restrict the right of its players to express themselves freely, however such expression has to be independent of the LPO itself."


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