Saturday, August 23, 2008

Gergiev, South Ossetia and the Foreign Secretary

Gergiev, principal conductor of the LSO, has just wielded his famous baton over a pro-Russian concert in South Ossetia. Read more here.

Gergiev, it says, is godfather to Vladimir Putin's daughter.

By the by, the wife of our government's Foreign Secretary David Milliband is a member of the LSO.

Factions among the LSO players are rumoured to be seriously p***ed off at Gergiev's allegedly somewhat cavalier approach to their rehearsal schedule.

These facts are probably quite unrelated but remain vaguely intriguing.