Norway orchestras the Oslo and the Bergen Philharmonic are getting out their spikes over claims for a larger share of state allocations.
It is reported, Tuesday, that the capital’s is getting NOK 23 million more than Bergen’s.
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra head of communications tells The Foreigner this claims is invalid.
“There are many issues which explain as to why we are entitled to a bigger share. For example, rental expenses are higher, there are more musicians, and Oslo is an expensive city to operate in.”
“Bergen Philharmonic needs to check its calculations. Even the Norwegian Orchestra Association has reacted against this claim by Bergen,” she declares, agitatedly.
Henning Målsnes, information manager at Bergen Philharmonic believes their Oslo colleagues are playing to the gallery.
“It doesn’t add up to a NOK 23 million difference, even if we take into account pensions, rents or any other petty costs. Besides, we’re not accusing or attacking the Oslo orchestra, we just want the government to increase the funding for Bergen Philharmonic.”
“There’s no point of comparison between our performers and our orchestras are equally well-conducted,” he adds.
The Bergen-based orchestra feels that Oslo has always received more funds.
However, regional paper Bergens Tidende reports the gap has increased since the government introduced its one-percent of the national budget funding target (known as ‘kulturløftet’) for the arts by 2014 some nine years ago.
The difference was just NOK 8.4 million in 2006, now it is more than two and a half times that.