I read the news here.

The Sinfonica Orchestra di Roma has dropped plans to play Mozart’s Requiem in the Sichuan earthquake zone in honour of the dead and to raise money for survivors.

It will play a programme of smaller, mostly non-religious works instead.

At least one other performance of The Messiah has been cancelled and one of Verdi’s Requiem is under threat.

No-one was available from the ministry of culture to comment on the reasons for the ban.

But an official said: “It is not a black and white issue, and there is nothing written on paper or in the regulations.

“A smaller piece as part of a bigger programme might be OK, but a big work like Mozart’s Requiem would definitely be out.”

Whew! At least it’s not written on paper. I feel better now.


  1. …but more importantly, what are you doing up at 5:00am, and is it raining there too?

  2. Psst … I set these up ahead of time and have them posted later. 😉