Lufthansa loses seven brass tools belonging to youngsters at most sensible UK song…

26 July 2022, 14:16 | Updated: 26 July 2022, 19:42

Seven students age 16-18 have been left without their musical instruments for 25 days
Seven scholars age 16-18 were left with out their musical tools for 25 days.

Tom Redmond

Students from Chethams School of Music in Manchester were left with out their musical tools for 25 days, with out a phrase of an anticipated go back.

On 1 July 2022, seven scholars of the Chethams School of Music arrived at Manchester Airport to search out their musical tools had no longer arrived with them.

Six trombones and one tuba have been supposed to be travelling with the scholars within the grasp in their Lufthansa flights again to the United Kingdom from Italy, however 25 days after the flight, the seven brass tools nonetheless stay lacking.

Tom Redmond, joint major and director of song at Chethams, used to be travelling with the scholars and says their nightmare started at Napoli (Naples) airport.

“Prior to the trip, we knew the trombones and tuba would be going in the hold,” Redmond advised Classic FM. “But we organised with the airline that although the instruments would be going in the hold, we wanted to be able to carry them to the steps of the play, just to ensure that they were safe.

“We were able to do this when we left Manchester airport a few days prior, but when we were returning from Naples airport, we were told we wouldn’t be able to do this. So we took the instruments down a corridor to the the oversized baggage counter where they were x-rayed, scanned, and tagged.”

Little did the scholars know, this will be the final time they noticed their musical tools.

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The students from Chethams School of Music were travelling with the German airline, Lufthansa, from Naples Airport
The scholars from Chethams School of Music have been travelling with the German airline, Lufthansa, from Naples Airport.


The scholars are a part of the Chetham’s Symphonic Brass Ensemble, who have been in Italy on the finish of final month to accomplish on the Giardini l. a. Mortella – a non-public lawn at the island of Ischia, created by means of the spouse of English composer, William Walton, Susana Walton.

Redmond and the scholars boarded a flight from Naples to Frankfurt, after which made a connection from Frankfurt again to Manchester.

“There was a slight delay on our flight from Naples to Frankfurt, which meant it was a tight turnaround when we got to Germany, but we still made the flight,” Redmond defined. “So there’s always a worry with connections that tight, whether your baggage made it in the same time as you did.”

When the scholars arrived in Manchester, the six trombones and tuba have been nowhere to be discovered. One suitcase used to be additionally lacking.

At the misplaced baggage counter, they have been advised the suitcase used to be nonetheless in Frankfurt, however they might no longer find the seven musical tools.

A spokesperson for Lufthansa advised Classic FM the airline is “very sorry that due to airport staff shortages at our hubs many baggage items could not be delivered as planned.

“Currently these delayed bags will be delivered to their owners as quickly as possible. However each suitcase needs to be handled separately.”

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The subsequent day, the scholars have been because of play Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring with the Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra of their finish of yr live performance.

“Despite being checked in and scanned,” Redmond advised Classic FM, “the airline couldn’t locate the instruments.

“We don’t even know if they left Naples. We don’t know if they were lost in transit when they got to Frankfurt. So our students had to call in favours the next day, and borrow instruments from other students to ensure our orchestra had a trombone section.”

Despite Redmond, in conjunction with a staff of personnel from Chethams, calling up Lufthansa each and every two to 3 days since 1 July, they’re but to obtain any reaction from the airline. Redmond has even emailed the CEO of the airline, to no avail.

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Chethams, which prepares scholars elderly 8 to 18 for a occupation in song, sees leavers growth to main conservatoires internationally.

The tuba participant is because of get started her undergraduate level on the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in September, and 4 of the trombone avid gamers have conservatoire auditions beginning within the autumn. The summer time previous to conservatoire auditions is a crucial time for any younger instrumentalist with regards to practicing, which not one of the musicians at the moment are in a position to do, taking into consideration they’re all lacking their tools.

“Four students’ pathways into higher education are being jeopardised by this situation,” Redmond defined.

“And it’s not just about the instruments, the cases are worth hundreds of pounds, and then there are mouthpieces and accessories that are integral to these musicians playing that they need to practice with.”

Once baggage has been lacking for over 21 days, Lufthansa formally categories the pieces as ‘lost’, and this difference has ended in additional paperwork desiring to be crammed.

90 p.c of the scholars at Chethams are on bursaries which enable them to check on the famend song faculty, and changing those tools isn’t any reasonable feat. Redmond advised Classic FM that the tuba by myself is price round £8,000, and the airline received’t quilt any place close to that a lot in repayment. Students households are due to this fact having to show to their very own insurance coverage to peer what is roofed.

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Redmond says this incident is a part of a much wider dialog with regard to musical traveling.

“There’s a complete crisis within the airline industry at the minute in terms of baggage loss, and I know there are problems with staff shortages,” Redmond admitted. “But how is this okay?

“You trust your luggage, which in this case are our students lives, to an airline, and to have had no contact from Lufthansa feels like they have actively taken no responsibility for what has happened.”

Classic FM reached out to Lufthansa for a remark, who answered, “we assume that the music school has filed a baggage claim. This paper contains a link that shows the latest status on the whereabouts. We ask for your understanding.”

Redmond advised Classic FM that he had adopted the hyperlink on the other hand, the standing whereabouts of the musical tools nonetheless stays unknown when coming into the luggage barcodes.

“The bigger story here is how musicians are treated when they travel,” Redmond persevered. “If this had happened to a professional ensemble, that would have meant professional musicians would have had no instruments for 25 days, which would have an impact on someone’s ability to make a living.

“Musicians are already struggling with travel restrictions due to Brexit, and then you throw into that event that you may or may not get your luggage back.

“There’s always been stories of musicians having their instruments broken whilst travelling by airlines, or cellists booking a seat for their instrument, and then not being allowed to use it.

“It’s an ongoing saga when it comes to travelling musicians and it makes those of us in the industry extremely uncomfortable.”

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