Prime Minister's office responds to pianist who rejected national honour
The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) is 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 said he has decided not to accept the national honour claiming the OPM has failed to respond to letters seeking support for his event.
He said his decision is a way of showing musicians that they should stand up for what they believe in.
However, the OPM says the office had responded to all the letters from the pianist and that Rhoden had also acknowledged receipt of the responses.
The OPM says it respects Rhoden’s right to decline a National Honour, but points out that Rhoden had accepted the Honour on August 1, and the List of Honors for 2013 was Gazetted and published on August 6.
The OPM also says the Rhoden had written to thank the Prime Minister for the honour and expressed his joy in relation to the recognition.
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