English National Opera chorus go on strike

The
chorus of the English National Opera (ENO) went on strike last night – and gave
a free performance of Verdi’s Requiem at St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden,
London, in protest.

The
industrial action follows the demands of the ENO’s management for the redundancies
of 20 choristers, a third of the chorus.

David
Dyer, an ENO tenor, said: "This act of cultural vandalism will rip the
heart out of a great company.

"This
is not a requiem for ENO. Not yet. It’s a wake-up call that demands to be
heard.”

By Quentin Reade

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