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PM's office to respond to pianist who rejected national honour

Published:Monday | October 7, 2013 | 5:21 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) is to issue a statement rejecting claims by renowned Jamaican concert pianist Orrett Rhoden that the government has snubbed his attempts to develop the arts.

The Government announced on Independence Day that, Rhoden was awarded the the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander Class, for his outstanding contribution to the development of classical music in Jamaica.

However, in a controversial move, Rhoden has decided not to accept the national honour claiming the OPM has failed to respond to letters seeking support for his event.

However, an official from the OPM told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the office had responded to communication from the pianist.

The official also disclosed that efforts have been underway to meet a request for the Prime Minister to deliver a message at an event Rhoden is to host in November.

Rhoden is currently organising the second Orrett Rhoden International Music Festival of Jamaica and was seeking financial and moral support from the Government.

He said his decision is a way of showing musicians that they should stand up for what they believe in.


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