The two Paris-based ensembles are Orchestre National de France and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France


France’s Court of Auditors (Cour des comptes) has recommended that the two orchestras of Radio France should merge due to financial constraints, according to reports in the French media.

A union between Orchestre National de France under music director Daniele Gatti (pictured) and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under music director Myung-Whun Chung has been mooted for some months. Last September, Radio France head Mathieu Gallet proposed a joint artistic director for the two symphony orchestras, but was forced to abandon the idea after a one-week musician strike.

The court, which conducts financial and legislative audits of France’s public bodies, makes a total of 18 recommendations in its latest report, including a suggested merger between radio stations France Inter, France Info and France Culture, which employ almost 300 broadcasting journalists between them.

Subscribe to The Strad or download our digital edition as part of a 30-day free trial. To purchase single issues click here.