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Tensions Between Oslo and Bergen State Orchestras Rise

Posted: Mar. 6th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
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A disparity between funding for Oslo and Bergen's respective state orchestras has lead to a slight bit of tension between the two parties, with both sides raising valid points on the issue, but neither side being willing to back down. The 8.4 million NOK difference has expanded to a nearly 23 million difference in just seven years, but living expenses in Oslo are considerably higher than in Bergen. Time will see the resolution of the dispute.

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.


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