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Navy band to get more rests. Budget cuts mean concerts could be curtailed. Commander Terje Gravningsmyhr, leader of the 190 year old Royal Norwegian Navy Band, is a man with a band but no performances. Budget cuts for 2010 have meant that musicians will be leaving the stage after their traditional firework concert in June. “Our 3.4 million kroner budget has been cut by half. The musicians will still get paid, but there’s no money for equipment, notes, transport, concert venues, or conductors,” Gravningsmyhr tells The Foreigner.

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Navy band to get more rests

Published on Thursday, 11th March, 2010 at 20:09 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Budget cuts mean concerts could be curtailed.

Royal Norwegian Navy Band
Royal Norwegian Navy Band
Photo: Torgeir Haugaard/Forsvaret


“Thank you for the music”

Commander Terje Gravningsmyhr, leader of the 190 year old Royal Norwegian Navy Band, is a man with a band but no performances. Budget cuts for 2010 have meant that musicians will be leaving the stage after their traditional firework concert in June.

“Our 3.4 million kroner budget has been cut by half. The musicians will still get paid, but there’s no money for equipment, notes, transport, concert venues, or conductors,” Gravningsmyhr tells The Foreigner.

The band played a total of 156 concerts in different places in the South of Norway last year, but this season looks as though it will be left unfinished. Things look bleak for the 29 professional musicians.

Repeat performance

Commander Terje Gravningsmyhr
Commander Terje Gravningsmyhr
Torgeir Haugaard/Forsvaret
The situation is nothing new for the band either.

 “We have the same problem every two years. When the military want to put more money into the munitions end, they try to save money by cutting at the musical end,” says Gravningsmyhr.

He goes on to say that the situation is a little perverse this time around. The band is part of the military’s own department of culture and tradition (Forsvarets avdeling for kultur og tradisjon/FAKT), set up last year on politicians’ instructions.

“FAKT is meant to contribute to strengthening and streamlining the military’s music, but budget cuts have the opposite effect.”

“My way”

To avoid the same thing happening in the future, Gravningsmyhr suggests the politicians take measures to ensure the guidelines they lay down directly benefit those who produce the music.

“It’s a dreadful waste. They’ve all got between four and eight years of musical education, and are on the same professional level as musicians in the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,” he says.



Published on Thursday, 11th March, 2010 at 20:09 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: royal, navy, band, military, politicians, budget, cuts, norwegian, norway, commander, terje, gravningsmyhr.





  
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