BBC conductor issues statement over Proms controversy | Music

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Finnish conductor Dalia Stasevska, who has found herself at the centre of the BBC Proms controversy, has said there has been “a good deal of inaccurate speculation” about her role in informing this year’s Last Night Of The Proms.

She said that she was speaking out because ‘false speculation’ had led to abuse and threats towards her and her family.

In a statement issued by her management company HarrisonParrot, she said: “I am so honoured to be part of this year’s BBC Proms and its iconic Last Night. I understand its prominence in the UK classical music calendar and wider cultural landscape. It is incredibly exciting to be part of an event with such long-standing tradition. It is testament to the unfailing work and commitment of the organisers that the Proms can proceed at all this year.

“However, in recent days there has been a good deal of inaccurate speculation about my role in determining the format of this year’s Last Night of the Proms.

“This false speculation has led to abuse and threats towards me and my family which is why I am speaking out. For the record, I have played no role in deciding the traditional elements of the programme, I recognise these are an important part of the event. I’ve been wrongly portrayed as a person who tries to influence political debates – this is not true. I am an artist, I want to be able to speak through my work to bring people together and build solidarity.

“When I first lived in London I remember falling in love with the city. The UK is such an inspiring place to work, and the BBC is an important part of that.

“I do not intend to enter the public debate. I am a professional musician with a fondness and respect for the UK. I am very much looking forward to performing again with the fabulous musicians of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in what is sure to be a memorable event in September.”

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