Classical pianist Orrett Rhoden, who rejected the Order of Distinction (Commander Class) conferred by the Government in recognition of his outstanding contribution to classical music, seems to have had a change of heart.
"I graciously accept your award of the Commander of Distinction, CD," he wrote in an email sent to the Office of the Prime Minister at 2:32 p.m. yesterday. "Please notify me further."
Rhoden rejected the national award earlier, claiming that Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller had not responded to letters he had sent to her.
"Jamaica House never even responded to my letters, and I thought this was an insult. If you write a letter to the White House (office of the president of the United States), you are going to get a response," charged Rhoden.
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But Jamaica House reacted angrily to those claims. In its response on Monday, Jamaica House said the claim was "totally inaccurate" even as it noted Rhoden's right to decline the award.
According to Jamaica House, on September 19, the Office of the Chancery and Protocol in the Office of the Prime Minister received a handwritten note from Rhoden that he had hand-delivered a letter addressed to the prime minister.
"That letter also contained a résumé and the personal-data form required for completion by Members of the Societies of Honour.
"Also in that letter, Mr Rhoden extended an invitation to the prime minister to attend his music festival in November," said Jamaica House.
"A letter responding to that invitation, indicating the prime minister's unavailability, was sent to Mr Rhoden on September 25. This was followed up with a telephone call to Mr Rhoden on September 27.
"Mr Rhoden acknowledged receipt of the correspondence by return letter, received at Jamaica House on October 4," added Jamaica House.
Yesterday, Rhoden said he wrote three letters to Jamaica House and received only one response.