The last concert of the National Symphony Orchestra and Choir of ERT (Greece)

Dear colleagues, fellow artists, musicians and managerial staff of State Radio Television Broadcasters worldwide,

This is a communication letter from all 3 Music Ensembles of the Greek Radio Television (ERT), which as you already know is now SHUT DOWN after a government decree. As of Tuesday the 11th of June 2013 the “National Symphony Orchestra” (est. 1938), the “Contemporary Music Orchestra” (est. 1954) and the Choir (est. 1977) of ERT have ceased their activities.The new institution that is proposed at the moment from the government there is no room for music whatsoever. Our very existence is at stake. We are asking for help and solidarity in any possible way. It is of the outmost importance to make them understand why a Public Television should include Music Ensembles. We would mostly appreciate a written formal statement of support (in both email and normal post if possible) addressed to the Greek government (Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Culture, Ministry of State, GENERAL SECRETARIAT OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION) and to your own respective governments as means of applying pressure for the existence and functioning of the Music Ensembles and ERT in general. A European country’s decision to shut down its national Broadcaster constitutes a major strike against democracy and culture that concerns all of us.

Music Ensembles of European Radio Television traditionally are pillars of civilization.

The unhindered artistic creation and freedom ofexpression is an essential part of the human existence.

The Musicians, Choristers and Managerial Staff of the Music Ensembles of ERT

PS. The importance of the situation demands your immediate response
Please communicate every action to the email of the Artistic Director of the Music Ensembles of ERT .

Mr. Markos Moissidis

Addresses needed

Minister Of State
Dimitrios Stamatis
Post. Address:
Maximos Mansion
19, Herodou Attikou str.
106 74 Athens, Greece
Telephone: (+30) 210 33 85 488
Fax: (+30) 210 33 85 274

Ministry of culture and tourism

Minister: Mr. Kostas Tzavaras
Address: Mpoumpoulinas 20-22, 106 82 Athens
tel: +30 2131322100
fax: +30 210 8201138

Ministry of Finance
Minister: Mr Stournaras Ioannis
Κ. Serbias 10,
105 62 Athens
tel: 210 337 5000

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385 thoughts on “The last concert of the National Symphony Orchestra and Choir of ERT (Greece)

  1. This is so sad!!! I’ve visited Greece in 2004 when it was near the Olympics and Greek culture is something so old and beautiful it mesmerized me so much! What will it be like if there are no longer sounds of the bouzouki, violin, guitar, accordion on the streets eventually? Musician (and all artists) in Greece! Brace on!!! Fight for the freedom to love and perform the arts!! You have the support from an amateur violinist like me.


  2. I already wrote about your situation. But I don’t use to cry on a situation: you must BATTLE. Your competencies, your experience and capability makes you not only to have the right but the duty to be recognised by those who shows ignoring culture.
    Once again, never lose your self confidence..
    Raphael D’Arcangelo
    Composer conductor “Les Musiciens” ensemble.

  3. Je suis très attristé par la situation dans laquelle la Grèce ce trouve en ce moment.
    Je suis chanteur choriste et soliste et pianiste amateur en France,et ne conçoit pas que le peuple soit entre autre privé d’expressions artistiques .
    Je vous souhaite beaucoup de courage et compati à votre désarroi,et souhaite que la situation redevienne normale au plus vite.

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  5. All Greece nation, must fight against the corruption. If the peolple loses the culture, they will loose their own history. We are fighting in Brazil against all bad things in our government. It will be a hard fight, but, we are proud of ourselves doing that. The Greece culture is the basis of hundreds of nations…. please… keep your real values as Culture, Music, Art, and all segments of your society will increase.

  6. Je suis musicien depuis bientôt 70 ans et je n’ai jamais vécu qu’un gouvernement ou une ville n’aient pris une décision d’une stupidité pareille. Une telle décision ne peut venir que de la part de ” CRETINS FINIS” et je pèse mes mots. Que ces Messieurs les décideurs d’une pareille ânerie aillent au diable avec toutes les casserolles qu’ils emmèneront avec eux, ce sont des abrutis!!!!!!!

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    • Sin duda, Sans doute, For Sure,
      Thank you Elisa for your kind support.
      This is the reason why I have been elaborating a document, with the kind support of an Italian living in Germany, and I hope we will be able to submit it you sooner asking for your signatures, in order to address it to the EU, as well as many other European governments who have been neglected, even rejected, their own national artistic culture.
      I hope, however, most of distinguished musicians and maestros will react adhering to such document.
      Raphael D’Arcangelo
      Musician and Composer

  8. üzülmemek elde değil ,Grekler sanatın ve musikinin ilk temsilcileridir.bunu anlamakta zorlanıyorum.sizleri bir Türk olarak destekliyorum .

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