Pattaya Daily News

03 August 2010 :: 16:08:05 pm 34201

BBC Proms & Edinburgh Festival Monitor Pletnev Case

Despite the ongoing “child rape” case against famed Russian conductor Mikhail Pletnev, the The BBC Proms and Edinburgh Festival organisers have revealed recently that his scheduled appearances at the respective concerts are still confirmed.
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United Kingdom, the 2nd of August 2010: Currently in the midst of court proceedings relating to the rape of a minor in Thailand, Mikhail Pletnev’s scheduled appearances with the Russian National Orchestra at both the BBC Proms and Edinburgh Festivals later this month are still confirmed, according event organisers.

An unnamed festival spokesperson for the BBC Proms event stated, “We’re expecting it to go ahead but are keeping a watching brief,” while a representative from the BBC explained, “We are monitoring the situation closely and carefully”.

The BBC Proms is an eight-week summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts, held annually from the Royal Albert Hall in London. It is one of the premier events on the international classical music enthusiast’s calendars.

While no official release has been given by event organisers or spokespeople, Mr. Pletnev’s appearance as the conductor for the Russian National Orchestra in the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) is still confirmed on the events programme.

The Edinburgh International Festival is a festival of performing arts that takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland, over three weeks. By invitation only, the International Festival brings top class performers of music (especially classical), theatre, opera and dance from around the world to perform.

Out on bail and given a temporary permit to travel by the Thai courts and falling in between his anticipated court appearance dates, Mr. Pletnev at present will be free to appear at both events scheduled for the 18th and 19th of August respectively. Mr. Pletnev is due to conduct the Russian National Orchestra in a programme of Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky at both events.

Since the commencement of legal proceedings against Mr. Pletnev, he has left the Kingdom of Thailand on two prior occasion, returning for court appearances every 12-days, as is required by the terms of his bail agreement.

Despite appearing at July’s “Ohrid Summer Festival 50th Jubilee” in Macedonia, the ongoing child sex case against him in Thailand reportedly forced him to retire from a recent tour of the United States with the Russian National Orchestra. It is also confirmed that the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana temporarily suspended their involvement with the popular conductor, pending completion of his criminal trial.

Editors Note: In relation to Mr. Pletnev’s ongoing “child sex” case in Thailand, Pattaya Daily News can confirm that a former Thai associate of the famed musician, Mr. Traiphop Bunphasong, has now been granted bail by the Thai courts.

Mr. Bunphasong was arrested, amongst other child sex related charges, over his involvement in a paedophile ring operating in the seaside resort of Pattaya. Reportedly, he has implicated Mr. Pletnev in the operation having been a close associate or acquaintance, informally employed to manage several of the Russian’s residences in his frequent absences.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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