Sunday 31 December 2017

From the (BBC) House of the Dead

A comment at Biased BBC (from David W) strikes me as making an interesting point about the BBC:
In its 2017 online death roll, the increasingly ludicrous BBC has managed to forget the death of Jiří Bělohlávek, principal conductor of its own BBC Symphony Orchestra from 2006 to 12.
That 'online death roll' is headlined In memoriam: Entertainment and arts figures we lost in 2017 and contains many names (including the odd classical music figure) but, yes, poor old Jiří Bělohlávek is missing, even though his near namesake Japanese manga artist Jiro Taniguchi is present-and-correct.

That is extraordinary, isn't it?

"But then who cares about some silly elitist old white bloke?", asks David W. 

Well, I do (and many a silly elitist old non-white bloke too). And here's Jiří performing a rousing masterpiece worthy of New Year by his compatriot, Leoš Janáček: 

As they say in Moravia, Šťastný Nový rok!

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