Welcome the United Arab Emirates National Symphony Orchestra - The National
Good luck to Andy with this venture. Andy plays with the Abu Dhabi Big Band from time to time and has lately been rehearsing and conducting us too. He is a great guy and full of fun. There was a letter today in the paper from the leader of the existing UAE Philharmonic Orchestra, saying that there are not enough musicians to support both orchestras. I do have sympathy with this argument - even the existing UAEPO is not up to much - we went to hear them at Christmas and were pretty disappointed - so I'm not sure how two can survive? Maybe the UAENSO will prosper better and take over?
You never know - I may even get a couple of gigs! - Andy? :-)
Not enough musicians to go around - The National